Urban League of Northwest Indiana receives $10,000 AT&T contribution
GARY – State Representative Charlie Brown and Urban League of Northwest Indiana President and CEO Vanessa Allen today announced that the organization will receive a contribution of $10,000 from AT&T to support its efforts to increase high school graduation rates and prepare students for success in college and the workforce.
“The best investment any company can make is to invest in the future leaders of the communities it serves,” said Brown at the announcement event in Gary. “By enabling organizations like the Urban League to support our young people and provide the assistance they need at a local level to succeed in high school and beyond, companies like AT&T are reinforcing their commitment to Northwest Indiana and the work we are doing to grow our economy.”
The contribution will support the educational awareness of 500 high school students and their families in the areas of college readiness, career/job skills, college scholarships and academic preparation that would promote high school graduation, college entry, and student success.
“Having the support of our elected leaders like Rep. Brown, Senator Earline Rogers and Mayor Karen Freeman Wilson is critical to our ability to ensure that students in Northwest Indiana have the opportunity to develop and grow personally and professionally,” said Allen. “Building a stronger workforce is a team effort and we appreciate the investment in our community that AT&T has made to help this program become a success.”
The schools involved in this program include: Lake Ridge, Lew Wallace, Roosevelt, Merrillville, 21st Century Charter and Portage high schools.
“By promoting education, we’re building stronger communities,” said AT&T Indiana President George S. Fleetwood. “As a company that employs thousands of Hoosiers across the state, we understand the need for a talented workforce. We appreciate the leadership shown by the Urban League to address that need in Northwest Indiana and thank them for their partnership.”
The Urban League of Northwest Indiana serves Lake, Porter, and LaPorte counties by providing programs and services in the areas of education, financial literacy, and health awareness.