GREAT STORY: West Boca Sisters, Part Of Foster Program, Helped By AT&T

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Gabriella, Cassie and Yasmina Morales pose with West Boca Community High School Principal Mark Stenner after receiving new smartphones for use with their studies and communication with their graduation coaches. The phones are part of a $300,000 contribution from AT&T Aspire to ChildNet and Best Foot Forward. Both nonprofits serve foster care youth. (Courtesy AT&T).

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — In a wonderful show of corporate citizenship, AT&T is helping two sisters — both in the foster care system — as they prepare for graduation and college.

Here is a media release fro AT&T:

As part of a $300,000 contribution from AT&T, 15 year-old sophomore twins Gabriella and Yasmina Morales, and their 17-year-old sister, Cassie, were presented with smartphones at West Boca Community High School on Jan. 14. The smartphones will provide the three students with access to the Internet for their studies and communication with their graduation coaches.

The Morales sisters are among 50 Palm Beach County high school students in foster care to receive smartphones, one-on-one graduation coaches, academic enrichment, and participation in small learning communities as part of the Grounded for Life program. Grounded for Life is a collaborative initiative of ChildNet and the Best Foot Forward Foundation funded by AT&T Aspire, AT&T’s education initiative focused on school success and career readiness.

Ninety-five percent of youth leaving the foster Care system do not have their high school diploma. The Grounded for Life program is a comprehensive intervention to improve foster care youth’s engagement in learning and in high school through relationship building, mentoring, problem solving and persistence.

ChildNet was among 30 recipients selected from 1,100 applicants nationwide to share in nearly $12.5 million from AT&T. ChildNet is the Community Based Care (CBC) lead agency in Broward and Palm Beach counties, managing the local system of services and supports for the most vulnerable children. Its mission is to protect abused, abandoned and neglected children. The Best Foot Forward Foundation is the only nonprofit organization in Palm Beach County dedicated to the educational success of youth who have been abused, neglected or abandoned and have entered the foster care system.