Combination between technology and mentoring shapes mentor2.0 program
DALLAS/FORT WORTH, TX – (February 6, 2013) - - Big Brothers Big Sisters is proud to
announce a new collaboration with AT&T that will bring technology-based mentoring to high
school students in Dallas with plans to expand nationally over the next five years.
AT&T employees are signing up to be a part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor2.0
program, the newest addition to the AT&T Aspire Mentoring Academy.
Aspire Mentoring Academy is the key community engagement program of AT&T’s $350
million investment in Aspire, focused on high school success leading to college and career
readiness. In communities across the country, AT&T employees are mentoring high school
students at risk of dropping out with the goal of providing 1 million hours of mentoring by
the end of 2016.
A groundbreaking initiative developed by Big Brothers Big Sisters, mentor2.0 is a
professionally supported, technology-enriched one-to-one mentoring program that engages
high school students in the classroom and online in an entirely new way. Mentors and
mentees use an interactive secure portal to follow a curriculum-based program
administered by Big Brothers Big Sisters staff.
To date, more than 65 AT&T employees and 102 students have enrolled in the program at
Kimball High School, part of the Dallas Independent School District. In addition to
continuing online mentoring, each of these mentors and mentees will meet in person at
group events during the semester that are organized at the student’s school campus.
The first in-person meeting between AT&T mentors and high school mentees will be on
Thursday (February 7) at 6 p.m. CT at Kimball High School.
“We are very proud and excited to be adding AT&T to our list of corporate supporters for
this initiative,” stated Jason Ray, COO of Big Brothers Big Sisters. “To have an
innovative technology leader at the table that recognizes the value and benefit of mentoring
is extremely promising for our future growth in serving even more children through this
"Our employees are passionate about helping students be successful in high school, and
the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor2.0 program offers us an innovative way to be
involved," said Charlene Lake, Chief Sustainability Officer at AT&T and mentor to a Kimball
High School student as part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. “The program lets us
use technology to share our skills and knowledge with students. That makes it flexible for
us and leads to an effective and rich mentoring experience for the students."
The mentor2.0 curriculum-based mentoring program is geared toward providing support
and guidance that students need to graduate high school and succeed in college and the
workforce. The interaction between mentor and mentee is orchestrated via a secure,
proprietary email system monitored by Big Brothers Big Sisters staff to ensure safety and
provide relationship support. Some of the curricula include: problem solving skills,
motivation, career exploration, interview skills, leadership and college admissions
About Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring organization,
holds itself accountable for children in its program to achieve measurable outcomes, such as
educational success; avoidance of risky behaviors; and higher aspirations, greater confidence and
better relationships. Partnering with parents/guardians, schools, corporations and others in the
community, Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully pairs children (“Littles”) with screened volunteer
mentors (“Bigs”) and monitors and supports these one-to-one mentoring matches throughout their
course. The first-ever Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth Outcomes Summary, released in 2012,
substantiates that its mentoring programs have proven, positive academic, socio-emotional and
behavioral outcomes for youth, areas linked to high school graduation, avoidance of juvenile
delinquency and college or job readiness.
Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity, often those of single or low-income
households or families where a parent is incarcerated or serving in the military, with strong and
enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the
better, forever. This mission has been the cornerstone of the organization’s 85-year history. Big
Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star serves over 30,000 children, volunteers and families through 20
offices and over 100 counties in Texas. Learn how you can positively impact a child’s life - donate
or volunteer at bbbstx.org.
To learn more about Aspire Mentoring Academy, please visit www.att.com/aspirementoring/
About Community Engagement at AT&T
At AT&T, Community Engagement means engaging our employees to build strong, connected, and
thriving communities where we live and do business. Employees are focused on three key issues:
improving educational outcomes, building sustainable communities and promoting the responsible
use of technology. In 2011, employees and retirees donated 6 million hours of time to community
outreach activities and pledged more than $33 million for charities of their choice through the United
Way/Employee Giving campaign. Employees also committed to more than 21,000 sustainable
choices through Do One Thing (DOT), which invites employees to make small, everyday choices
that add up to a big positive impact for themselves, the community and/or the company.