AT&T donates $15,000 to Genesis City Trailblazer Program

The AT&T grant is to support dropout prevention, college and career prep. (submitted photo)

The AT&T grant is to support dropout prevention, college and career prep. (submitted photo)

Genesis City, a youth services charity that serves disconnected youth by empowering them through a rigorous academic experience tailored to their individual needs, received a $15,000 donation from AT&T during their Annual Blues Night Fundraiser on Thursday, Nov. 12.

“Genesis City is so grateful for the support of AT&T,” stated Karen Callahan executive director of Genesis City, in a press release.  “Because of their generosity hundreds of under-served Maricopa County youth, many of whom are the first in their families to complete high school and access post-secondary education, will receive the much needed support and tools they need to reach their true potential.”

With this donation, Genesis City will be able to provide one-on-one life planning, character education, job training, college readiness training, and life changing  civic engagement opportunities.

“Education plays a pivotal role in shaping our economic future and building strong communities,” stated Jerry Fuentes, president of AT&T Arizona and New Mexico.  “AT&T is dedicated to supporting education in our community, and we’re proud to work with nonprofits like Genesis City that are working to create a positive change in Phoenix.”

Since the launch of AT&T’s Aspire program, AT&T has impacted more than 1 million students across the country and helped more than 1,000 high performing organizations.  Now, for the first time, the nation is on track to meet the goal of 90 percent on-time graduation by 2020, the release stated.

The mission of Genesis City, a 501(c)(3) youth services charity which was formed in 1991, is to reclaim the promise of Arizona’s disenfranchised youth through providing them with the tools they need to become active contributors to the economic and social welfare of their communities.

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