Treehouse, a local nonprofit serving youth in foster care, is pleased to announce a new partnership with AT&T. AT&T has invested $105,000 in support of Treehouseâ€™s goal to achieve graduation equity for foster students in King County.
Online PR News – 09-July-2013 – SEATTLE, WA – Treehouse, a local nonprofit serving youth in foster care, is pleased to announce a new partnership with AT&T. AT&T has invested $105,000 in support of Treehouseâ€™s goal to achieve graduation equity for foster students in King County. â€śWe are absolutely thrilled that AT&T is partnering with us to improve the education outcomes of our communityâ€™s youth in foster care, and are grateful for their significant investment and support. We look forward to an ongoing partnership supporting this essential work that will help foster youth succeed in the classroom and become thriving members of our community,â€ť stated Treehouse CEO, Janis Avery.
AT&Tâ€™s philanthropic initiative, Aspire, is committed to funding evidence-based education programs that address graduation rates, thereby strengthening communities and improving lives. This initiative is in alignment with Treehouseâ€™s new Graduation Success middle and high school education engagement program, which was developed using the evidence-based Check & Connect Model, and provides a comprehensive suite of individualized education support services to King County foster youth including educational planning, coaching and support to keep them on track to graduate. "AT&T is proud to support the hard work of a results oriented organization such as Treehouse,â€ť said Bob Bass, President, AT&T Washington. â€śWorking together we can continue to improve the graduation rates for our young people, especially those in foster care, and help them be better prepared for college and careers."
According to a recent study published by the Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WISPP), the average graduation rate for foster students in King County is approximately half the rate of their peers and fewer than two percent will earn a college degree. To create a change in the graduation rate of this magnitude, Treehouse will double the number of youth it serves with the Graduation Success program to more than 800 middle and high school students in 17 school districts in King County by 2017 â€“ an expansion that is estimated to require a $12.5 million increase in operating revenue over the next five years. The AT&T investment will go directly toward the funding of the Graduation Success program.
Treehouse is Washingtonâ€™s leading nonprofit organization addressing the essential education and enrichment needs of kids in foster care. Treehouse helps 6,000 foster kids each year through programs that help them succeed in school, fulfill key material needs, and provide important childhood experiences every child deserves. Founded in 1988, Treehouse celebrates its 25th Anniversary in 2013 and has set an ambitious goal that foster youth in King County will graduate high school at the same rate as their peers with a plan for their future by 2017. Learn more at treehouseforkids.org.
About Philanthropy at AT&T
AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its philanthropic initiatives, AT&T has a long history of supporting projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; and address community needs. In 2011, more than $115 million was contributed through corporate-, employee- and AT&T Foundation-giving programs.
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