AT&T Donates $100,000 to Urban League Affiliates in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties

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AT&T Donates $100,000 to Urban League Affiliates in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties

Believe Miami investment to develop reskilling pathways to employment

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Oct. 26, 2020 - The Urban League of Broward County and Urban League of Greater Miami are pleased to announce a $100,000 donation from AT&T. The contribution will be used to help build a more resilient workforce by providing reskilling pathways to employment for at-risk and displaced workers. The donation is part of the AT&T Believe Miami℠ grassroots initiative to create positive changes in underserved communities. 

With unemployment rates soaring to 13 percent and 14 percent respectively in Broward and Miami-Dade counties, the Urban League is strengthening its service model to help families recover and thrive long after the pandemic.

“The COVID-19 crisis has caused unprecedented disruptions in communities that were already facing health and economic challenges,” said Urban League of Broward County President and CEO, Dr. Germaine Smith-Baugh. “AT&T and the Urban League share a mutual goal of helping low-income families avoid the prolonged impact of the pandemic by adapting to and preparing for a new landscape of work.” T. Willard Fair, president and CEO for the Miami affiliate added, “As Florida reopens, Believe Miami will bolster our efforts to provide rapid response solutions to retrain workers and close emerging and future skill gaps.”

AT&T has been a long-standing supporter of  Urban League helping to advance its mission to eliminate equality gaps in education, entrepreneurship, employment, justice, housing, and health. 

“AT&T is pleased to support the Urban League’s mission to help make a positive difference in our communities,” said AT&T Florida President Joe York. “AT&T’s commitment to education and job training has a long history in Florida and with our friends at the Urban League we hope to better equip Floridians from underserved communities as they seek opportunities in today’s challenging environment.”

Many of the Urban Leagues’ corporate supporters represent leading companies across South Florida with projected hiring needs in the areas of customer service, retail, technology and skilled trade sectors. In addition to supporting workers through reskilling and upskilling pathways, the Urban League affiliates will collaborate with local employers to match credentialed candidates to viable career opportunities.

For more information on how to support these programs, please contact the Urban League of Broward County at (954) 584-0777 and the Urban League of Greater Miami at (305) 696-4450.

About the Urban League of Broward County

The Urban League of Broward County is a not for profit organization founded to empower communities and change lives. Our mission is to enable African Americans and others in historically underserved communities secure economic self-reliance, parity, power, and civil rights. Our ADVANCE programs uplift nearly 14,000 people every year through affordable housing initiatives, youth development and diversion, employment and training, entrepreneurship, health, and civic engagement. Learn more about the Urban League of Broward County by visiting or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

About the Urban League of Greater Miami

The Urban League of Greater Miami, Inc. is a non-profit community service agency that provides services in our community in employment, childcare, senior citizen services, housing, economic development, training, community service, political advocacy and education. By focusing on families—particularly women with young children and on the advancement of education, we have set a standard for excellence and achievement that pushes others to strive for the best—for themselves, for their children and for their neighborhoods.

About Philanthropy & Social Innovation at AT&T
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. The company’s signature philanthropic initiative, AT&T Aspire, drives innovation in education to promote student success in school and beyond. With a financial commitment of $600 million since 2008, AT&T is leveraging technology, relationships and social innovation to help all students make their biggest dreams a reality.