Wednesday, June 12, 2024

LULAC Announces Collaboration with AT&T Supporting Signature Youth Mentoring and Technology Programs

The League of Latin American Citizens (LULAC) today announced that collaborative efforts with AT&T supporting its Adelante! America with AT&T and Empower Hispanic America with Technology (EHAT) initiatives will continue.

The programs, which provide underserved youth in grades 8 through 12 with mentoring services and offer technology access and digital literacy training at select LULAC Technology Centers, have been an on-going collaboration stated 8 years ago between the two institutions.

“The Adelante! America program works with mentors to steer youth away from a negative environment and into a promising future through community service and by achieving academic success,” said LULAC National President Margaret Moran. “With AT&T’s generous support the Adelante! America with AT&T program will reinvigorate its objective to combat negative influences and entire the Latino community to learn computer skills that inspire further education and workforce training”

LULAC remains at the forefront of community efforts to increase broadband access for the Latino community. The EHAT initiative helps more than 150,000 Latinos a year to advance their education, careers, and quality of life through a current network or 56 community technology centers in 25 states. The Technology Centers provide free broadband access and computer-related training where families and low-income individuals can do school work, college and financial aid searches, job trainings, job-searches, manage their finances, and take online English classes.

“With 77% of teachers assigning homework that requires the use of the Internet, and 80% of Fortune 500 companies only posting job announcements online, broadband access and digital literacy skills are now more critical for Latinos than ever,” said Norelie Garcia, AT&T Associate Vice-President for External Affairs.

At LULAC’s 15th Annual National Legislative Conference and Awards Gala in Washington D.C., LULAC and AT&T premiered a video illustrating the impact of the EHAT initiative.

“The high-school dropout rate amongst Latino students stands at an appalling 50%. It is an honor to stand with LULAC to change these statistics and to help provide our families with educational opportunities and access to the transformative benefits of broadband.”