Knoxville, TN. (February, 9th 2016) – Big Brothers Big Sisters of East TN (BBBS) is pleased to announce it has received financial support of $1,800.00 from AT&T to help fund associated costs, including curriculum and match activities, for its new program, Mentor 2.0.
Mentor 2.0, a groundbreaking initiative developed by iMentor, is a professionally supported, technology-enriched one-to-one mentoring program that engages high school students in the classroom and online in an entirely new way. Mentors and mentees use an interactive secure portal to follow a curriculum-based program administered by the BBBS’ staff. Partnering with South Doyle High School, BBBS will launch the Mentor 2.0 program this Fall.
“AT&T is pleased to be able to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee for their Mentor 2.0 program. Mentoring has proven to be a successful tool to develop and provide direction for young adults,” said Allan Hill, Regional Director for External Affairs.
AT&T invests in innovative education organizations, tools and solutions; and employs technology and capabilities that are unique to its company to make a positive impact on education. AT&T believes that every student deserves opportunities to reach his or her full potential and that by removing barriers, sparking innovative solutions and making connections, every student can achieve a bright, successful future. AT&T’s community mission involving the furthering of education aligns with the goals of the future Mentor 2.0 program.
On hand for the check presentation from AT&T, State Senator Becky Massey said, “As a former Board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee, I know that mentoring is a vital way to help children in our community succeed. I think the Mentor 2.0 program will encourage a new generation of youth to work hard, stay in high school and pursue college dreams.”
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of East TN
Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee (Tennesseebig.org) provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one‐to‐one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Through these relationships, children achieve success throughout their lives. Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee served more than 900 children in 2015. Through one-to-one mentoring relationships, these children make better decisions about their lives, have a better attitude about school and choose to avoid risky behaviors.
About Community Engagement at AT&T
At AT&T, Community Engagement means engaging employees to build strong, connected, and thriving communities where they live and do business. Employees focus on three key issues: improving educational outcomes, building sustainable communities and promoting the responsible use of technology. In 2011, employees and retirees donated 6 million hours of time to community outreach activities and pledged more than $33 million for charities of their choice through the United Way/Employee Giving campaign. Employees also committed to more than 21,000 sustainable choices through Do One Thing (DOT), which invites employees to make small, everyday choices that add up to a big positive impact for themselves, the community and/or the company.