8:55 PM / Wednesday September 27, 2023

5 Oct 2018

AT&T’s Chicago initiative fosters job creation in communities impacted by gun violence

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
October 5, 2018 Category: Week In Review Posted by:

ABOVE PHOTO:  Michael Kerby, a premises technician at AT&T, is one of the company’s 700 employees who live and work in Chicago neighborhoods most affected by gun violence and high unemployment. (Photo: AT&T)


“We want to improve lives and lift Chicago neighborhoods that have suffered due to negative elements in the community,”  — John Donovan, CEO, AT&T Communications.


By News One Staff

In an effort to make change in Chicago communities plagued by poverty and violence, AT&T has launched a new initiative to bring more employment opportunities to the city, Crain’s Chicago reported.

The project — dubbed “Believe Chicago”— was created as an avenue to drive job creation for underserved individuals, the news outlet writes. Through the initiative, AT&T has allocated $2 million to nearly 20 non-profit organizations throughout the Chicago area. The company has also hired over 400 individuals at their Chicago Platinum Customer Care Center and other stores. “We started thinking about our philanthropy, fully recognizing the challenges in areas affected by gun violence,” Paul La Schiazza, president of AT&T Illinois, told the news outlet. “We started digging deep — how could we use human capital and assets to improve those communities?”

John Donovan, CEO, AT&T Communications, told Black Enterprise that AT&T is a part of the fabric of Chicago and that this effort is being led by employees who live and work in communities that are impacted by these issues. “Through their existing efforts, we have gotten more engaged and they have inspired the company to bring more assets to help. They’re passionate about wanting to do more and we’re committed to supporting their efforts,” he said. “We want to improve lives and lift Chicago neighborhoods that have suffered due to negative elements in the community. We’re working with employees and community leaders to address some root causes by promoting hiring, training, and opportunity—and making sure the good news gets out along the way.”

Crain’s Chicago reports that the company employs nearly 5,000 people in the Cook County area. The company is currently working on a documentary titled “Beacon of Hope” that highlights the stories of individuals working to evoke change in their communities.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter

Leave a Comment

Recent News


It’s easier than ever to improve your hearing

September 21, 2023

Tweet Email BPT Imagine this: You’re having dinner with friends. You know that someone just said something...

Food And Beverage

Put a plant-based spin on the taco night menu

September 21, 2023

Tweet Email ABOVE PHOTO: Smoky Chipotle Pecan Burrito Bowls FAMILY FEATURES Mealtime traditions are common among many...


Cannabis can increase risk during surgery, affect pain afterwards

September 21, 2023

Tweet Email BPT Marijuana is the most common drug in the United States, used by more than...


Delta Air Lines will restrict access to its Sky Club airport lounges as it faces overcrowding

September 14, 2023

Tweet Email By Ken Sweet Delta Air Lines passengers who have long enjoyed access to free meals,...


Chaos or community reexamined

September 1, 2023

Tweet Email Around 250,000 people showed up on the National Mall in Washington DC last Saturday to...


The iPhone 12 emits too much radiation and Apple must take it off the market, a French agency says

September 13, 2023

Tweet Email PARIS (AP) — A government watchdog agency in France has ordered Apple to withdraw the iPhone 12...

The Philadelphia Sunday Sun Staff