What do you do today that doesn’t involve technology? Probably not much. As technology becomes more woven into the fabric of daily life, we are charged with making our products and services even better.
How do we do that? By leveraging ideas from a talented group of diverse people – our employees. They are the key to our future, and the greater our diversity, the greater our potential to make a difference. This is the main reason why we’re investing our time, money and energy into communities across the U.S. – including the Native American community.
From investing in education programs to helping our own employees succeed, we’re committed to making sure the Native American community has a voice in the future of technology.
Youth Education & Leadership Programs
Education is important to us, and we’re committed to increasing opportunities for Native American youth through corporate giving and educational initiatives. Native Americans have the lowest graduation rate of any demographic in this country.
Last year, to commemorate Native American Heritage Month, we furthered our commitment to Indian Country with more than $1 million in contributions including $600,000 to the American Indian College Fund and $450,000 to George Washington University.
Over the past 5 years, AT&T has given back more than $7.5 million in support of Native American Education Initiatives:
Since 2005, the AT&T Foundation has given more than $2.4 million to George Washington University’s Native American Political Leadership Program (NAPLP). NAPLP is a unique academic scholarship program designed specifically for Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian undergrads to travel to Washington D.C. for one semester and study on a full scholarship. In 2015, AT&T contributed over $300,000 to send 25 Native American students to attend a semester at NAPLP.
- AT&T sponsors the GW Native American INSPIRE Pre-College Program, a full scholarship open to Native American high school students. They spend 3 weeks on the GW campus to learn about relations between tribal governments and the federal government.
- In 2016, AT&T contributed $500,000 to the American Indian College Fund to help improve high school graduation rates for American Indian and/or low-income students.
- In 2015, AT&T contributed $55,000 to the Murrow Indian Children’s Home, which benefits children who have aged out of the program and helps with guided support to ease the transition to independent living.
- AT&T contributed $10,000 to the following organizations:
- The Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation in South Dakota to fund books and school supplies for graduates of the 2014 Indian University of North America Summer Program.
- Project CIRCLE TEACHER, which will enable low-income Native American high school students, at reservation schools, to receive instruction in mathematics.
- The American Indian Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund to support the High School Success Project, a program that teaches Native American students business ownership skills.
- Seminole State College’s President’s Leadership Class, which provides freshmen and sophomore students educational and cultural experiences to better prepare them for the workforce upon college graduation.
- National Center for American Indian Organizations.
The Inter-Tribal Council of AT&T Employees
The Inter-Tribal Council of AT&T Employees (ICAE) is our Native American employee resource group. ICAE is committed to the cultural development, career advancement, education, understanding and general well-being of Native American communities, as well as Native American AT&T Employees.
- Founded in 1996
- 3,700 members across the country
- Over 7,400 volunteer hours logged in 2015
- 7 councils covering 50 states
- 99 scholarships awarded to Native American undergrads (2012 – 2015)
- 30 scholarships slated for 2016
- 2,600 books donated and translated for early literacy/language preservation program
- Ranked by AISES as a top 50 company for NA STEM professionals
- Responsible for securing $75K in grants from AT&T Foundation for NA initiatives based on volunteer efforts of members in past 5-years
- Notable events include the 2015 American Indian Science and Engineering (AISES) National Conference and the 2016 American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC)