AT&T Giving Back to the Community

AT&T encourages all employees to contribute to United Way and other community-based programs by making it easy to contribute through payroll deductions and fundraisers. Each year, the company also promotes contributions through the United Way/Employee Giving Campaign. The 2010 campaign resulted in pledges of $32M, putting AT&T 4th in employee-giving among other national corporate leaders.

Employees also volunteer their time. This video highlights some of the individual efforts being made by those at AT&T Labs – Research.

United Way Campaign


Supporting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day


Many members of AT&T Labs Research are volunteer leaders of programs, like those described below, related to our historic mission of encouraging young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.


Young Science Achievers
The Young Science Achievers Program® encourages high school students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math, especially minority and other students currently underrepresented in those fields. Each year, participating students execute a science project with help from professional scientists who volunteer to help students formulate a budget, write a formal proposal, and then execute the project. With grants provided by the program, students purchase needed equipment and materials for the project, all of which remains with the school at the project’s conclusion.

Young Science Achievers Program is a nonprofit organization that evolved from the Bell Labs Science Grant Program started in 1988. For more information, see To talk to a researcher involved in the program, contact Alicia Abella.

MentorNet pairs community college, undergraduate, and graduate students in STEM fields with experienced STEM professionals in industry and academia for electronic mentoring relationships.  Mentors and student protégés communicate electronically, via e-mail or social networks, making it convenient and fun for mentors to provide their protégé with advice, encouragement, and access to professional networks.  Since 1997, MentorNet has matched more than 25,000 pairs of students and mentors.
MentorNet was funded with start-up grants from the AT&T and Intel Foundations. Today, many other companies, professional organizations, national laboratories and universities participate.
To learn more, visit 


North New Jersey Regional Science Fair
The NJRSF brings together high school students from northern New Jersey to compete in several science and engineering categories. The student exhibits are judged by scientists and engineers who volunteer their time to work with students and teachers to support the science efforts of students. The science fair is highly regarded, with some high schools competing every year and incorporating the fair into their science curriculum.

The fair provides the only route for students from ten counties in Northern New Jersey to gain entry to the prestigious Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), administered by the Society for Science and the Public in Washington, DC.  The Netflix award permits NNJRSF to select two team projects to  attend ISEF as well as the two individual projects sent every year.

The fair was originally founded by AT&T researchers at Murray Hill in 1983. AT&T continues as a sponsor with other organizations. For more information, go to or contact  AT&T Researcher Ken Lyons.

With our AT&T CARES program, Research also supports community-based programs such as blood drives, food banks, and fundraising events, such as AT&T researchers raising money to send children to the Shrine circus or participating in the March of Dimes walk.


HACEMOS Youth Conference
HACEMOS, the Hispanic/Latino Employee Association of AT&T, promotes education among Hispanic high school students, particularly those from low-income schools, by motivating students to both stay in school and to enroll in college. One way HACEMOS supports students is through the Youth Conference, in which students meet with employee volunteers to learn about careers, especially in STEM fields, and hear first-hand about the importance of education.

The 3rd HACEMOS Youth Conference, in partnership with HISPA, was held on October 21 at AT&T Headquarters in Dallas. HACEMOS aligned this event with the second AT&T’s Employee Resource Conference to allow HACEMOS volunteers from across the country to support this event. Over 80 local 9th graders attended, and 40 employee volunteers participated, either by addressing the group, demonstrating AT&T  technologies (U-verse, telepresence), or by sitting with students during lunch and informally discussing their own experiences and careers.

AT&T supports HACEMOS as one of 10 employee resource groups, which are open to all employees and reflect the diversity of the company's employee base. Employees interested in supporting or joining HACEMOS can contact Mayra Caceres.

This year's HACEMOS Youth Conference in Dallas took the theme Take Action, Achieve Your Dreams


In The Community

Netflix prize to benefit science education

In September 2009, a team led by AT&T researchers Chris Volinsky and Robert Bell won the  Netflix Prize, a high-profile research contest that included more than 40,000 participants from 186 countries. 

AT&T's share of the Netflix Prize award will be donated to four organizzations selected by Volinsky and Bell for their dedication to advancing science and education.

The Young Science Achievers Program (YSAP) and the North New Jersey Regional Science Fair, programs championed by AT&T researchers, are profiled on this page.

The other beneficiaries are  the NJIT Pre-College Programs (Newark, NJ), which aims to increase access to scientific and technological fields among traditionally underrepresented populations and to improve the teaching of science and mathematics in secondary and elementary schools, and  Neighborhoods Focused on African-American Youth (Atlanta, GA), which focuses on positively changing the outcome of African-American youth in Atlanta by providing long-term, free, accessible support for the youth of its neighborhood, including after-school programs, neighborhood youth projects, and training for community leaders.