AT&T puts $300K and hundreds of volunteer hours into helping Miami youth
On Oct. 26, more than 100 AT&T employees paired up with area students to build and race cars at FIU. The event was part of Dibia DREAM STEM, a program aimed at providing recreational science, technology, engineering and mathematics education to underserved youth in Miami.

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AT&T also announced the launch of a new initiative, Believe Miami.

AT&T announced Thursday that it made $300,000 in contributions to a set of Miami-based organizations dedicated to helping youth and young adults succeed in school and their future careers.

The AT&T Foundation spread the funding across Dibia DREAMHis House Children’s HomeMiami Marlins FoundationPridelinesBreakthrough MiamiMiami Rescue Mission, and Florida International University.

The donations came alongside an announcement from the telecommunications giant that it has launched a new initiative, Believe Miami.

“Many community organizations are working diligently and effectively to close the skills gap in Miami, but more needs to be done, and AT&T has the people and the resources to have an impact,” AT&T Florida President Joe York said.

“The more than 5,100 women and men who work for AT&T and call the Miami area home have always shown a strong commitment to community and a desire to cultivate a better and brighter future, and we are committed to removing barriers to success for area youth.”

Believe Miami has already provided local organizations with more than a check — on Oct. 26, more than 100 AT&T employees paired up with area students to build and race cars at FIU.

The activity was part of Dibia DREAM STEM, a program aimed at providing recreational science, technology, engineering and mathematics education to underserved youth in Miami.

“Dibia DREAM is very excited to join with AT&T to launch Believe Miami,” Dibia DREAM founder Brandon Okpalobi said.

“Our STEM Saturdays program is about creating incubators of excellence where youth can safely engage, collaborate and have fun together.

“We thank AT&T for their generous contribution, which will allow our high school participants access to hands-on science and technology activities.”

Believe Miami’s launch comes shortly after the Florida Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 Future of Florida Forum, where  Florida Nonprofit Alliance head Sabeen Perwaiz and  Volunteer Florida CEO Clay Ingram stressed the importance of business taking initiative in boosting volunteerism in the Sunshine State.

Florida currently ranks last in volunteerism among all states.

AT&T said it has planned more volunteer days with the other organizations in the initial Believe Miami cohort.

Drew Wilson

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for Florida Politics. He is a former editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and business correspondent at The Hollywood Reporter. Wilson, a University of Florida alumnus, covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools and The Florida Current prior to joining Florida Politics.


One comment

  • NoMoreRepublicans!

    October 31, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    Walmart, Publix, Home Depot, Target, and many other mega-corporations doing businss THROUGHOUT Florida should be doing the same or similar thing in every county in Florida in which they operate. Big Business used to operate within the terms of a “social contract” between it and the communities within which it operated. That went away with Reaganomics, free trade, the ‘free market’, deregulation, and the advent of predatory (and supposedly ‘trickle-down’) corporatism beginning in the ’80s. If any Big Business doesn’t exhibit a genuine concern and compassion for its workers and consumers – the public should simply boycott and ostracize that company and put it out of business!

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