Local teens receive career mentoring thanks to JA partnership with AT&T

AT&T employees act as mentors to at-risk students participating in JA Job Shadow.

AT&T employees act as mentors to at-risk students participating in JA Job Shadow.

We understand that having a mentor can benefit a young person’s future and that’s why we offer the JA Job Shadow program with AT&T.

Junior Achievement (JA) of North Florida is bringing important financial literacy lessons to at-risk students in Jacksonville as part of a contribution from AT&T, through its signature education initiative AT&T Aspire. Seventh and eighth grade students at Southside Middle School will be assigned an AT&T mentor through the JA Job Shadow™ program, which gives students a firsthand glimpse into a professional career.

JA Job Shadow™ begins in the classroom with three sessions to help students learn more about careers, including how to identify a career based on interests, steps in researching potential jobs and developing job-hunting skills like networking and interviewing. The students then will visit AT&T’s Southside Boulevard location to shadow an employee for half a day to see first-hand how education translates to a satisfying and successful career.

“Some students may not have had strong positive role models in their daily lives,” says Steve St. Amand, JA of North Florida President. “If this is the case, it can be harder for students to visualize success. With AT&T, we are giving students the opportunity to be exposed to different paths and to help them see that they too can achieve a rewarding career.”

During the 2015-2016 school year Junior Achievement and AT&T seek to impact more than 7,000 students nationwide. This could not be achieved without the support of AT&T mentors that are a part of the company’s Aspire Mentoring Academy program. Through Aspire Mentoring Academy, AT&T employees connect with students to help them discover their passions and potential. Aspire Mentoring Academy is part of AT&T Aspire, our signature initiative to promote student success in school and beyond.

“Mentoring is a two-way street and our volunteers also learn so much from the students,” says Paul Woodbrine, Area Sales Manager, AT&T. “The students and mentors both walk away feel inspired. They’ve talked about passions, values, encourage, education – you name it. These students are ultimately the future of our company, and other companies worldwide, and it’s important to invest in them now.”

The collaboration between Junior Achievement and AT&T is a continuation of their joint commitment to providing supplemental learning experiences that help young people in the community develop the competence, confidence and character to make smart academic and economic decisions.

See what students and AT&T mentors who have completed JA Job Shadow™ have to say about the program: http://youtu.be/L3NWazI2_UM.

To learn more about JA Job Shadow in Jacksonville, click here.

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