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AT&T Donates $15,000 to SWCC’s Journey to Manhood Program

By Staff


j2mMayor Stephanie Miner has announced a $15,000 contribution from AT&T to the Southwest Community Center’s (SWCC) Journey to Manhood program.

This is the second year in a row the corporation has made a contribution to the center, bringing the total amount to $30,000.

“Making sure our young people have the tools needed to graduate from high school and be college, career, and civic ready is a priority for our entire community—from government agencies, to human service providers, to the private sector,” Mayor Miner said in a statement. “AT&T recognizes that when young men in our cities have the supports needed to succeed, they will grow and thrive, and will help develop our economy. I appreciate their willingness to support community programs, and this contribution.”

The Journey to Manhood (J2M) program is an afterschool and summer program, designed to enhance the experiences of young men ages 10 to 18. The program works with young men to assist with, and encourage, their successful transition into young adulthood, the city stated.

“Providing youth the tools, and resources, to succeed academically so that they are prepared to graduate from high school is a significant focus for AT&T, and is a main priority of the company’s Aspire program,” Kevin Hanna, external affairs director at AT&T, stated. “Partnering with remarkable community organizations such as Southwest Community Center helps us do just that. We are proud to support the Journey to Manhood program, as we work together with Mayor Miner, and the Southwest Community Center to help more Syracuse youth achieve success in school, and prepare them for the jobs of today and tomorrow.”

The grant is part of AT&T’s Aspire program, the company’s $350 million commitment to education. With more than 1 million students impacted since its launch in 2008, AT&T Aspire is one of the nation’s largest corporate commitments, according to AT&T officials.