To help increase youth development and character-building outcomes, Boys & Girls Clubs of America received funding from AT&T to develop and pilot a cost-effective and scalable continuous quality improvement system in 2018. In 2019, we received funding to expand this work to four quality networks located in Texas, Nevada and Alabama.
Continuous quality improvement is a cycle through which Club staff gather information, make decisions, implement and assess strategies and then adjust and change those strategies based on what was learned. These practices have proven to build knowledge, habits and regular check-ins that drive quality leadership and programming, ensuring kids have the best Club Experience possible. Our research has shown that a high-quality Club Experience, combined with regular attendance, drives positive youth outcomes such as graduating on time, volunteering in the community, being physically active and abstaining from risky behaviors.
Additionally, AT&T continues to support four markets with the Aspire Mentorship Engagement Program. AT&T has provided over one million mentorship hours to support charities where their employees live and work.
About Philanthropy at AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its philanthropic initiatives and working with other organizations, AT&T has a long history of supporting projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; and address community needs. In 2010, more than $148.2 million was contributed through corporate, employee and AT&T Foundation giving programs.