AT&T Giving Back to the Community

AT&T encourages all employees to contribute to our communities

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

Dr. Alicia Abella — Sit With Me

This video features Dr. Alicia Abella, the Assistant Vice President of Cloud Research at AT&T. Watch as she talks about her journey and challenges as a woman in engineering.


Sometimes you have to sit to take a stand

Sit With Me invites you to validate and recognize the important role women play in creating future technology by taking a small but symbolic action: sit in a red chair and share your story. Pull up a chair and listen to stories from others; men, women, technical and non-technical, as they sit in the red chair.


Girls Who Code

AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities, promote academic and economic achievement, or address community needs. In 2013, more than $130 million was contributed or directed through corporate, employee, social-investment and AT&T Foundation giving programs.

AT&T and the AT&T Foundation have given $90 million to support STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education initiatives since 1987. We’re particularly focused on helping women and others who are underrepresented in STEM fields. A key initiative is Girls Who Code, which is delivering experiential computer-science learning programs for teenage girls nationwide.


AT&T brings FEM to STEM

AT&T is also driving programs to encourage girls and their interest in STEM technologies. The animation below is one such example, focused on girls in upper elementary and lower middle school.



In The Community

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.


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.