09/20/2012 12:36 PM
BATON ROUGE – LSU received a $300,000 donation from AT&T on Wednesday, supporting
the Louisiana State Youth Opportunities Unlimited, or LSYOU, program in the College
of Human Sciences & Education.
For 75 high school students in the Baton Rouge area, this school year will mean more
of a focus on providing students with the tools and support they need to succeed in
both school and future careers. The LSYOU program’s core mission is to provide a long-term,
case-managed relationship and data driven intervention into the lives of high need
students to enable them to successfully graduate from high school and enter post-secondary
“Over the years, the impact of LSYOU on the future of its participants cannot be measured
– it has to be heard through their words. Indeed, LSYOU transforms lives and opens
doors to opportunities that these young people never imagined let alone dreamed about
being possible,” said Laura F. Lindsay, dean of the LSU College of Human Sciences
& Education. “AT&T’s vision and ongoing support demonstrates a true commitment to
the participants’ futures and to the difference their successes will make on the future
This $300,000 will be used to support the enhancement of a case-managed dropout prevention
program for 75, primarily African American, at-risk 9th grade students utilizing long-term,
relationship-based strategies designed to cultivate academic achievement and workforce
readiness in failing schools in the Baton Rouge Achievement Zone and surrounding area.
The program begins with a summer program for incoming freshmen and subsequently supports
those students through four years of high school.
Because of its solid record of proven results in helping high school students, LSYOU
has been named as one of 47 recipients nationwide that will share in nearly $10 million
from AT&T. With more than a million students impacted since its launch in 2008, the
AT&T Aspire program is one of the largest corporate commitments focused on helping
more students graduate from high school ready for college and careers. AT&T announced
an additional quarter-billion-dollar expansion to the program earlier this year, bringing
the total commitment to $350 million.
“It is an honor to support LSU and the work they are doing to help stem the high school
dropout crisis in our country,” said Sonia Perez, president of AT&T Louisiana. “By
educating today’s youth and helping them prepare for the future, we can ensure the
future workforce of our company and our country will be stocked with qualified employees
who have the 21st-century skills that American businesses need to remain competitive
in the digital global economy.”
“Showing a strong commitment to education is one of the most important things we can
do for our communities, our state, and our country,” said State Rep. Steve Carter,
who attended the check presentation. “Here in the Capital Region, you cannot overstate
the importance of the work being done at LSU. The university is committed to excellence
and this funding will allow LSU to expand its efforts to prepare local high school
students for both higher education and future careers.”
For more information about the LSYOU program in the LSU College of Human Sciences
& Education, visit www.lsu.edu/lsyou.
The College of Human Sciences & Education consists of the School of Education, the
School of Human Resource Education & Workforce Development, the School of Library
& Information Science, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Social Work and the
University Laboratory School.
For more information about the College of Human Sciences and Education, visit www.lsu.edu/chse.
To learn more about all of the organizations that were selected, please visit www.Att.com/local-impact.
Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2012