AT&T, via its ‘Aspire’ initiative, has been funding a valuable scholarship program for All Star Code, a non-profit organization providing an intensive six-week summer program that aims to educate and equip high school boys of color with useful skills that will help them with future careers in tech. Seven of the students within the program have been named AT&T Scholars, and as such, will have the exciting prospect of networking with tech-industry professionals. They will also receive free laptops and other equipment. The students receiving the awards were selected based on various criterion, including work ethic and leadership. They will also serve as All Star Code Ambassadors for the next year.
New York State President of AT&T, Marissa Shorenstein said, “Confident, qualified young men of color who are ready to enter STEM careers are essential to the future of our business and our community. All Star Code works to grow the field and we are thrilled to support the program and our AT&T scholars.”
All Star Code, which was launched in 2014, has worked with more than 200 students in the New York area, providing exposure to the tech industry through their summer program. It has a target of exposing 10,000 boys to computer science by 2020.
“Our boys are a tremendous pool of untapped talent. Teaching them to code is an investment that has unlimited potential return, whether in new ideas and innovation or increased economic opportunity, and we’re tremendously excited to have AT&T’s help in fostering the next generation of tech pioneers,” said Christina Lewis Halpern, Founder and Executive Director of All Star Code.
The seven All Star Code/AT&T Scholars are:
Anand Karmaker, a rising junior at High School for Math, Science and Engineering. He lives in the Bronx.
De Andre King, a rising senior at Urban Assembly Gateway School for Technology. He lives in Queens.
Uzair Vawda, a rising junior at William Cullen Bryant High School. He lives in Queens.
John Abreu, a rising senior at Horace Mann School. He lives in the Bronx.
Kofi Adu, a rising senior at Deerfield Academy. He lives in the Bronx.
Kwaku Kessey-Ankomah Jr., a rising senior at Cardinal Hayes High School. He lives in the Bronx.
Sebastian Galvin, a rising senior Proctor Academy. He lives in Norwalk, Connecticut.
AT&T awarded All Star Code $100,000 through AT&T Aspire, the company’s signature initiative that drives innovation in education to support student success in school and beyond. Through Aspire, AT&T has invested in several innovative education organizations, tools and solutions and engaged its employees through student mentoring.
One of the AT&T Scholars, Bronx-native Jon Abreau, will be throwing the opening pitch at Monday night’s Yankees game.
The 2015 All Star Code Summer Intensive program consisted of 40 students, more than half identify as African-American/Black, more than a quarter identify as Latino, and 10% identify as Asian or Other, and 80% receive either free/reduced lunch or financial aid at school. Among the students, 31 are local to New York City, representing Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, and Manhattan, and the nine other students are from New Jersey, Virginia, Arizona, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Maryland.