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For Immediate Release

July 18, 2016


AT&Ts support will connect 60 young men with skills and
network to pursue careers in tech
All Star Code is one of several STEM programs AT&T is
supporting this summer throughout the five boroughs
New York, NY AT&T today announced a contribution of $250,000 for All
Star Code (ASC), a tech education non-profit that provides computer science
training for qualified young men of color. This significant investment is
funding 60 rising high school juniors and seniors participating in this years
ASC Summer Intensive. This funding more than doubles last years $100,000
contribution to ASC through AT&T Aspire, AT&Ts signature initiative that
drives innovation in education to support student success in school and
AT&T is proud to expand our support of All Star Code and put these 60
exceptional young men on a path to careers in STEM, said Marissa
Shorenstein, New York State President, AT&T. AT&T places a top
priority on narrowing the gender and racial gaps in tech. Programs like All
Star Code that introduce young people to these opportunities are an
essential part of that effort. We look forward to working with All Star Code
and all of the STEM programs that we are supporting this summer to connect
high school students to the tech industry.
"Driven, innovative young men who are ready to create technologies are
essential to the future of our nation and our economy. AT&T's donation, our
largest single corporate gift, helped us to keep our summer intensive free to
this year's class of 80 students, said Christina Lewis Halpern, founder
and director of ASC
Alley, Google, and MLB Advanced Media will host ASCs 2016 Summer
Intensive, a unique six-week program designed to empower young men with
the skills, networks, and mindsets they need to create new futures through
technology. This years program will include site visits to Uber, Tumblr and
ESPN, as well as exposure to top executives in the industry.

The ASC Summer Intensive has a proven record of success. According to

ASCs internal research, 75 percent of alumni have shared that they decided
to work harder in school after completing the program. The organizations
internal research has also shown that 100 percent of college-age alumni will
attend four-year colleges two-thirds of which will be Top 50 Universities in
the United State and roughly 40 percent received full scholarships to their
school of choice.
Along with sponsoring ASC, this summer AT&T is continuing its sponsorship
of Girls Who Code and STEM summer education programs in all five
boroughs. This includes continued support for the Brooklyn Science
Innovation Initiative at Kingsborough Community College and the Summer
STEM Collaboratory Program at Pace University, as those programs continue
to reach new minds and teach STEM concepts to New York City students.
Also, for the first time this summer, AT&T will be supporting the Young
Womens Leadership School of Astorias Tech Explorers Program, which will
teach 8th grade through 12th grade girls to design, program, and develop
marketing video games and apps for social change. AT&T is also partnering
with the College of Staten Islands Office of Continuing Education to offer its
first ever summer STEM program for Staten Island high school students. In
addition, AT&T is helping the QSAC STEAM Program to launch its STEM
education initiative, which will provide adults with autism in the Bronx with
valuable educational tools that will foster the development of tech-related
About All Star Code
All Star Code is a non-profit initiative that prepares qualified young men of
color for full-time employment in the technology industry by providing
mentorship, industry exposure, and intensive training in computer science.
All Star Code is dedicated to closing the opportunity gap between young men
of color and the tech industry. Visit for more information.
About Philanthropy & 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 2014,
nearly $127 million was contributed or directed through corporate-,
employee-, social investment- and AT&T Foundation-giving programs. AT&T
Aspire is AT&Ts signature education initiative that drives innovation in
education by bringing diverse resources to bear on the issue including
funding, technology, employee volunteerism, and mentoring.
Contact Info:

Media Contact: Liz DeBold, 516-287-5208 or

AT&T Contact: Kate MacKinnon,