The AT&T Foundation has awarded a $15,000 grant to Woodbridge Youth Services to support the organizations’ career readiness program. Woodbridge Youth Services provides opportunities for local students between the ages of 12 and 18 to develop vital professional skills they will need to succeed both in the classroom and in their adult lives. The organization will instruct students in career-development topics such as building resumes, writing cover letters, and completing applications. Students will also learn about interview preparation and attire, and work ethics.
“We are proud to support Woodbridge Youth Services, and we applaud the tremendous work this organization does for young people in the local community,” said Kelly Wade Bettuchi, External Affairs Director AT&T Connecticut. “Programs like this one do much to prepare local teenagers for success in the classroom now, and in college or the workforce in the coming years.”
AT&T’s grant will support the Woodbridge Youth Services’ Job Bank, which places the students in real-world positions to earn money and gain first-hand job experience in local jobs of their interest.
“Today’s graduates face increasingly competitive job markets, whether they enter the workforce directly from high school or continue onto to postsecondary training or education,” said Themis Klarides, Minority Leader in the Connecticut House of Representatives (R – Derby, Orange, Woodbridge). “I applaud AT&T for supporting Woodbridge’s important work. We all have a stake in ensuring our students are prepared for future success.”
AT&T Foundation’s $15,000 grant will be used to fund training sessions and allow Woodbridge Youth Services to serve additional students. Plus, approximately $5,000 of the grant will be used to create scholarships for high school seniors hoping to enroll in post-secondary education programs.
“Building work skills by earning money or by doing community service through high school and college is empowering for students,” stated Nancy Pfund, Woodbridge Youth Services Director. “This grant allows us to expand our Job Bank Program by preparing our students for employment now and in the future. I thank AT&T, Kelly Bettuchi, and Themis Klarides for their support as we share our hope for the bright future of our youth.”
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