ProLiteracy and WCNY Receive Contribution from AT&T to Support Financial Literacy

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Joint project to help local Syracuse area young adults improve their numeracy and financial literacy skills.

Kevin Hanna of AT&T presents a check to ProLiteracy staff. The contribution will support a joint financial literacy project with AT&T, ProLiteracy, and WCNY.

Kevin Hanna of AT&T presents a check to ProLiteracy staff. The contribution will support a joint financial literacy project with AT&T, ProLiteracy, and WCNY.

There is a significant need for students to improve math and financial literacy skills for high school graduation. Math is a key area of weakness and the resulting lack of financial literacy causes long-term problems for today’s youth and young adults.

ProLiteracy, the largest adult literacy and basic education membership organization in the United States, has received a $15,000 contribution from AT&T to support a financial literacy project that will teach high school students the financial literacy skills they need to budget, save and positively impact their day to day decisions regarding money.

ProLiteracy will be partnering with WCNY Public Media to utilize its Enterprise America simulated city of 14 businesses and a City Hall. Enterprise America is an entrepreneurial, financial, civic, and STEM program offered at WCNY that helps young people explore a variety of job opportunities while teaching skills required for successful employment. It is the only program of its kind in New York State.

“WCNY is committed to providing Central New York teens with hands-on, real-world educational experiences to prepare them for future careers,” says Robert Daino, president and CEO of WCNY. “We’re excited to partner with ProLiteracy and AT&T to enable WCNY to deliver even more dynamic educational programming for area teenagers.”

This new project builds on WCNY’s Enterprise America program by incorporating enriched numeracy and financial literacy activities. Understanding basic mathematical concepts is a requirement of many occupations and gives young people the ability to make positive and productive life-long choices. The project will serve at least 125 students.

“We are excited to be partnering with our neighbor, WCNY, and AT&T to provide resources that are designed to help students build fundamental math skills by employing real-life financial applications,” says Kevin Morgan, president and CEO of ProLiteracy. “There is a significant need for students to improve math and financial literacy skills for high school graduation. Math is a key area of weakness and the resulting lack of financial literacy causes long-term problems for today’s youth and young adults.”

Upon completion of the program, each participating high school student will receive a money management workbook, Control Your Money, designed to assist learners in important financial situations, one free download of a companion mobile app, and a summary guide on how to best utilize the provided resources.

“AT&T is proud to join this dynamic partnership with ProLiteracy and WCNY that will positively impact young lives in our community and better prepare them for future success,” says Kevin Hanna, AT&T regional director of external affairs. “The work that these organizations do locally is phenomenal, and we’re excited to be part of this new partnership to increase the financially literacy skills of young adults in the community.”

The support for this financial literacy initiative is part of AT&T Aspire, the company’s $350 million commitment to education. With more than 1 million students impacted since its launch in 2008, Aspire is one of the nation’s largest corporate commitments focused on high school success and workforce readiness by creating new learning environments and educational delivery systems to help students succeed and prepare them to take on 21st century careers.

About ProLiteracy
ProLiteracy believes every adult has the right to literacy. ProLiteracy, the largest adult literacy and basic education membership organization in the nation, is committed to creating a world in which all adults are literate. ProLiteracy has 1,000 member programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and works with 52 nongovernmental organizations in 34 developing countries. For more information about ProLiteracy, please visit http://www.proliteracy.org

About WCNY
WCNY is Central New York’s public media organization. As the public voice for Central New York, WCNY’s mission is to connect with and give back to the community by inspiring, educating and entertaining the public with programming that encourages a deep appreciation for diversity and shared humanity. For more information about WCNY, please visit http://www.wcny.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. For more information about AT&T, please visit about.att.com

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