As we all are aware, many students struggle every day in school. And too often their struggles can overwhelm, leading them to drop out of school altogether. The dropout crisis is real. Many nonprofits, community groups, and others are working to reduce the number of students failing to graduate from high school. One such initiative is AT&T’s Aspire program.
For more than 25 years, AT&T and the AT&T Foundation have been committed to strengthening communities through advancing education. In 2008, AT&T launched AT&T Aspire, specifically focused on confronting the high school dropout crisis to help ensure that students graduate prepared for the future challenges of continuing education and the workforce. An educated workforce for the future is not only critical to the success of our nation, but to the success of businesses, both large and small, around the country. We all need these students to succeed and to power the “possibility economy” of today—and more importantly—of tomorrow.
Nearly one fourth of all students—and nearly 40 percent of African American, Hispanic, and Native American students—fail to graduate with their class. Through Aspire, AT&T and the AT&T Foundation are working to help reverse this trend by identifying programs that work and bringing them to scale, supporting the work of educators and helping students get excited about setting and achieving their goals.
If you would like to submit a localized proposal to the Aspire program, information about the Request for Proposal (RFP) and the RFP pre-qualification document are available on the ATT Aspire Web site. Please remember that the request for proposal deadline is April 27, 2012.
Please note that, according to AT&T, “National organizations or programs that are national in scope are not eligible for funding under this RFP. However, affiliates of national organizations which provide community based or location-specific programming to at risk students are eligible to compete for funding under the AT&T Aspire Local High School Impact Initiative RFP.”
For more information on the Aspire program and how it is benefiting our nation, please read Latoya Livingston’s BBSJ article here.