In 2015, AT&T, The Prince of Wales Foundation and youth charity The Prince’s Trust are celebrating 10 years of working together to support youth in the UK.
The Prince’s Trust provides funding and guidance to unemployed young people in the UK so they can take control of their future. Youth unemployment is a persistent social and economic challenge. By helping develop key skills, confidence, and motivation, our programmes give young people the practical and financial support they need to stabilise their lives.
Today, three out of four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training.
Given this focus for The Prince’s Trust, it is very appropriate that we celebrate this tradition of working closely with AT&T. To help students everywhere prepare for success tomorrow, AT&T has invested in innovative education organizations, tools and solutions. Since 2005, AT&T has contributed more than $500,000 to The Prince of Wales Foundation and The Prince’s Trust, which has gone to support more than 200 young people. Young people like Shaun, whose story you can see here. Last year, AT&T’s contribution to the Prince of Wales Foundation supported 28 young people; 23 on the Enterprise programme and 5 of the most disadvantaged on the Fairbridge programme.
AT&T employees in Europe have become involved through our flagship fundraising challenge, Palace to Palace. In 2014, an AT&T team of over 10 cyclists took to the road and raised more than £3,000 in the London Palace to Palace 45-mile cycle challenge. Employees also mentor young people hoping to start their own businesses. AT&T Sales Director JohnMuirhead has been a Prince’s Trust business mentor and volunteer teacher for 5 years.
As John noted: “All of the young people that The Prince’s Trust helps come from challenging backgrounds. They haven’t had the advantages that many of us have, but they do have enormous potential.”
Additionally, AT&T is a member of the Technology Leadership Group, a networking forum for business leaders across the sector who want to make a difference to young people in the UK.
Youth education has been an AT&T priority for more than a century and we are really proud to have AT&T as a supporter of The Prince of Wales Foundation and The Prince’s Trust. Together we are making the most enormous difference to the lives of young people across the U.K.
Overall, The Prince of Wales’s charity has helped 750,000 young people since 1976 and supports over 100 more each day. For more information about The Prince’s Trust, click here