Baltimore nonprofit receives boost from AT&T to expand STEM programs in Baltimore

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Baltimore – September 24, 2015 – Thread, a Baltimore-based nonprofit that helps underperforming students graduate from high school and grow into self-motivated, resilient and responsible citizens, has a strong record of success: 100 percent of students who have been part of the program for five years have earned high school degrees.

With a $10,000 contribution from AT&T, Thread will be able to build on its record of success and expand science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming for students who attend The Academies at Frederick Douglass High School.

The support from AT&T was announced during Thread’s annual Resource Fair, which provides an opportunity for community-based organizations and resource providers to connect with Thread students and their families.

Dr. Gregory Thornton, CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools was the featured speaker at the event. La Tara Harris, regional director for AT&T External Affairs, also participated in the resource fair and highlighted AT&T’s work to support high school success and workforce readiness programs in Baltimore and nationwide under AT&T Aspire.

“At Thread we help individual students to defy the odds as a part of changing the odds for all Baltimore youth. This generous gift from AT&T is an investment in the future of Baltimore and reflects model corporate and community leadership,” said Thread Founder and CEO, Dr. Sarah Hemminger.

AT&T’s Harris said the contribution is part of AT&T’s Aspire, one of the largest corporate commitments focused on helping more students graduate from high school ready for college and careers.

“Through AT&T Aspire, we’re investing in students today – at home, in the classroom, at work – to prepare them for success tomorrow. We work with organizations like Thread to help remove barriers to academic success and career growth, and help all students — regardless of age, gender, income or zip code — make their biggest dreams a reality,” Harris said.

Thread will use the funds to support its 50 percent increase in student enrollment during the 2015-2016 school year and, specifically, to support Thread Hours, Thread’s after-school student academic enrichment programming.

About Thread

Thread actively engages academically underperforming Baltimore City Public School students to help them graduate and mature into self-motivated, resilient, and responsible citizens. Thread has retained 100 percent of the 207 students it has engaged, and 100 percent of the 47 students who have been in Thread for five years have received high school degrees. To learn more visit www.thread.org.

About philanthropy and social innovation at AT&T

AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. In 2013, more than $130 million was contributed or directed through corporate-, employee-, social investment- and AT&T Foundation-giving programs. AT&T Aspire is AT&T’s signature education initiative that drives innovation in education by bringing diverse resources to bear on the issue including funding, technology, employee volunteerism and mentoring.

Source: AT&T

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