LSU Receives $300,000 Donation From AT&T for LSYOU Program

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 education.


“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 of Louisiana.”


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


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


To learn more about all of the organizations that were selected, please visit

Billy  Gomila 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Thursday, September 20, 2012