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Junior Achievement Partners with AT&T to Empower San Diego Teens to Plan for their Financial Future

December 18, 2014

San Diego, CA, December 18, 2014 – AT&T and Junior Achievement of San Diego are partnering to teach high school students how to create a budget, plan for their future and learn to make educated, smart and effective life choices. Through this partnership, Junior Achievement received a $20,000 contribution from AT&T to benefit the JA Teen Ambassador program. This collaboration allows the Ambassadors, a team of more than 50 high school students from all over San Diego, to be the first to participate in and shape the curriculum for a “JA Finance Park” financial literacy program set to launch in San Diego in 2015.

The JA Teen Ambassador program is a complete enrichment program that teaches the ambassadors about career options, higher education, and responsible budget planning, as well as business ethics, etiquette, and giving back to the community. Fifty teen ambassadors will be chosen through Junior Achievement’s partnerships with 36 schools in San Diego over the next two years. Each teen ambassador will serve for 18 months and will test the curriculum and technology for Junior Achievement’s forthcoming hands-on financial literacy program.

“This practical and collaborative experience gives students the opportunity to build effective financial habits for life,” said Randy Okamura, Director of External Affairs for AT&T and Junior Achievement Board Member. “AT&T and Junior Achievement have worked together for over 13 years in San Diego, and this effort continues our shared mission to prepare our students for the future.”

AT&T’s contribution provides the JA Teen Ambassador program with much-needed supplies, hands-on training, educational field trips, and uniforms for the teens. The financial support will also provide valuable outcome evaluations for the new high-tech paperless digital program, which will be vital to a successful JA Finance Park program launch and experience for San Diego teens in 2015.

"Junior Achievement has long been an admirer of AT&T, and we share its passion for inspiring youth to look beyond high school and dream for a bigger and brighter future," said Joanne Pastula, President and CEO at Junior Achievement of San Diego County. "This partnership will help us reach more youth across the country and ensure that they are prepared to succeed in the workforce and in higher education."

AT&T’s financial support will also allow the JA Teen Ambassadors to adopt a needy family this holiday season. The JA teens will be purchasing gifts and personally delivering a dinner for a family of four.

About Philanthropy at AT&T 

AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. In 2013, more than $130 million was contributed or directed through corporate-, employee-, social investment- and AT&T Foundation-giving programs. AT&T Aspire is AT&Ts signature education initiative that drives innovation in education by bringing diverse resources to bear on the issue including funding, technology, employee volunteerism, and mentoring.

 About Junior Achievement of San Diego County:

Junior Achievement of San Diego works locally to impact 53,000 students in K-12 classrooms each year. Junior Achievement’s volunteer-based programs teach kids how to get a job, start a business and how money works. For more information on programs in San Diego and Imperial Counties, please visit