WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – AT&T gave a check to the Inspiring Minds program in Warren to help students continue their education.
A check for $66,500 was presented to the after school and summer enrichment program.
The program inspires under-served students to graduate from high school and prepare them either for college or the workforce.
Deryck Toles, CEO of Inspiring Minds, says the support from the community means a lot.
“We have so many people who support us, who volunteer, who bring in food, supplies and give their time to help our kids, but the dollars just helps us do things that volunteering can’t accomplish,” Toles said.
Steve Kristan, director of external affairs at AT&T, said a student drops out of high school in the United States every 26 seconds.
“AT&T is committed to helping change that. We want to keep kids in school, have them graduate, and look for opportunities outside of school, whether it’s college, trade school, or some kind of secondary education,” Kristan said.
The money will help improve student grades, provide mentoring, and build self-confidence.
Students also travel to colleges across the country and hear from business professionals.