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AT&T Grant Will Boost Efforts of Tomorrow Project Summer Success Leadership Academy

AT&T representatives Eric Johnson, executive director of external relations, and Loretta Walker, vice president of external relations, present a $25,000 check to President Pamela A. Eibeck and Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations Burnie Atterbury.

Jan 27, 2014
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AT&T has given the Tomorrow Project's Summer Success Leadership Academy a $25,000 grant—its largest grant to date—to support the Academy's efforts to help at-risk youth in Stockton.

The Academy provides students in grades 9-12 with an intensive one-week residential program on the Pacific campus focusing on social justice and leadership. The Academy aims to equip and empower at-risk Stockton youth to be leaders and active agents of change in their community. These students are struggling in school, are frequently truant and have disciplinary problems. Often they are from continuation or county-operated schools and do not have the opportunity to experience life on a university campus.

Fifty students from more than 10 Stockton Unified School District schools and the San Joaquin County Office of Education attend the Academy each summer. The Academy is a collaborative partnership between the Gladys L. Benerd School of Education, the Division of Student Life and the Stockton Unified School District.

About the Tomorrow Project:

Out of a series of community forums convened by President Pamela A. Eibeck, education emerged as both a critical concern and a vital opportunity. In response, Pacific, in collaboration with partners from throughout the region, launched the Tomorrow Project in 2011. At the heart of this ambitious campaign to lift college attendance rates in Stockton and the surrounding Central Valley are specialized academies that offer skills and resources to some of our region's most academically vulnerable children. The after-school, weekend and summer programs that comprise the Tomorrow Project serve more than 2,500 students each year and build a network of sustained support to guide young people toward high school graduation and to prepare them for a successful future.

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