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AT&T Issues $15,000 Grant to Villa of Hope

Grant Supports Villa of Hope’s Juvenile Reporting Center Program

On Friday, May 24, at the Ugly Tie & Purse Luncheon, AT&T presented Villa of Hope with a $15,000 grant in support of initiatives targeted toward the youth Villa of Hope serves in the Juvenile Reporting Center (JRC) program. The grant was presented to Christina Gullo, president and CEO of Villa of Hope, at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center by Kevin Hanna, regional director of community affairs for AT&T New York, and Benjamin Marcello, director of sales for AT&T upstate New York.

In support of the JRC program, a portion of the AT&T grant will support skill building and future planning skill-development services. This area is an identified need for youth that have a foreshortened sense of future as a result of exposure to violence, trauma and stress.

In addition, some of the grant resources will go toward the purchase of an evidenced-based curriculum that supports increasing self-esteem in female adolescents and empowering them with skills and confidence to make positive choices about their educational and vocational futures.

“We are so grateful to AT&T for this gift,” Gullo said. “Thanks to AT&T, we are able to focus on the initiatives for the Juvenile Reporting Center program and make a difference in our youths’ lives. With the support of this grant, we are able to expose our youth to vocational and educational opportunities to ensure them to stay on the right path.”

The grant will also provide support for trips to explore vocational and post-secondary educational program options, including MCC, Bryant & Stratton College, State University of New York at Brockport’s Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) for post-high school vocational programs, and the truck academy in Batavia, N.Y. Villa of Hope believes it is key to place youth in appropriate training and academic programs in order to ensure their continued success.

“AT&T is committed to supporting community educational programs,” Hanna said. “We’re pleased to have the opportunity to help Villa of Hope’s Juvenile Justice Reporting Center continue to provide local students with a unique combination of academic, vocational and recreational programs year round.”