Skills To Go Program introduces youth to career opportunities in technology

FORT LAUDERDALE — ChildNet, the community-based care lead agency in Broward and Palm Beach counties, received a $5,000 grant from the local Florida Chapter of AT&T Pioneers to support foster care youth and young adults education and employment goals through the Skills To Go program.

The AT&T Skills To Go program has been successful in exposing youth to career opportunities in the technology and telecommunications fields. This grant will provide funding to support local foster care youth and young adults in Broward and Palm Beach County, offering a unique opportunity for these children to attain the training and supplies needed to further their career aspirations.

“Last year, 15 young adults in Palm Beach County and 15 in Broward County participated in the Skills To Go Program and field trip. The positive feedback and results were undeniable,” said Elizabeth Wynter, director of community relations for ChildNet. “This program allows our community’s most vulnerable youth the opportunity to dream about educational and employment opportunities that will now be more within their realm of possibility. All they need is the help and support of organizations, like the AT&T Pioneers, that believe in them.”

AT&T Pioneers is a group of current and retired AT&T executives, staff and volunteers who effect immediate, tangible change in local communities. The organization is the recognized world-class leader in volunteerism and the world’s largest group of industry-specific employees and retirees dedicated to community service.  Pioneers volunteer more than 15 million hours annually responding to the individual needs of their communities.

As the single private non-profit entity responsible for administration of the local child welfare system, ChildNet brings years of dedication to protecting abused, abandoned and neglected children in the communities it serves.