The Kentucky Chapter has an initiative that is near and dear to our hearts, Bridging the Literacy Gap. Thru spreading of the good news about the initiative, the Sowing Seeds thru Faith LLC, summer camp invited the Kentucky Chapter to participate in a learning experience day. Sowing Seeds thru Faith has 110 campers, on June 14th, 2018 they had 107 campers in attendance. The program has students from 1st thru 8th grade and we hosted 4-one hour sessions. The students were engaged, participated and had fun learning about technology. When asked, why is Bridging the Literacy Gap important? Da’Marrion Fleming, CEO stated “It’s better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared. Reading does just that!” The NETwork Kentucky is bringing the fire in 2018. We’re heating things up and bringing awareness to the Literacy Gap that exists among our students.
In February during the 2018 Black History Month, the Heritage Team will continue working on capturing your I AM videos. We will feature you, our members, in 30 second videos that pay homage to the good folks from The NETwork or our predecessor organizations that inspired you to join and be active.
Your videos will be played on our website and social media sites.
Black History Month 2018 I AM Project Script example:
-My name is DeWanda Ricks.
-I am a member of The NETwork.
-The person who most inspired me within our organization is (insert the name of the person who inspired you)
-The reason (insert name of person who inspired you) inspired me is ________ (explain in one sentence)
-(Insert name of person who inspired you) is the reason I AM The NETwork.
Remember, we are looking for 30 second videos and reserve the right to edit as necessary.
We have also designed a special edition Black History Month shirt for 2018. It is available for purchase now. Let’s all wear these custom shirts proudly on February 28 as we close out the month and celebrate 28 Days of I AM.
The “I AM Project” is a national program that engages members, chapters and eSTEAM students in a way that highlights the broad spectrum of who we are and the contributions we make to communities we live in as well as the company we serve.
How to participate:
Each chapter/individual will provide a video 30 seconds or less in length describing themselves: Who they are; where they were born, education level, organizational role, company title, family lives, etc….The format will be similar to the sample below:
I am the child of Barbara and Walt
I am living in California
I am a wife and mother of two
I am a grandmother of four
I am a university graduate with a degree in marketing
I am a 38-year employee of AT&T
I am an area manager in regulatory & external affairs
I am Sandra Brown
AND I am The NETwork
Videos must be shot with members in appropriate surrounding and professional attire.
Each submission will begin with “I am… or We are…” and conclude with the phrase: “I am or We are, The NETwork”.
Each participant must sign and submit a media release form.
Submitter should include a photo and their signed media release form with video.
Videos should be no longer than 30 seconds in length. Videos are subject to modification.
Videos must be received by Monday, January 22, 2018.
The NETwork goal is to engage our membership at the national and local levels in support of the Access from AT&T program expansion. As part of the AT&T/DTV Merger agreements, the FCC mandated the offering of Low Cost BroadbandServices to access the Internet to qualified low income households in AT&T’s 21-State footprint.
This Agreement provides an opportunity for The NETwork and its local chapters to expand its presence within the communities we serve, build new relationships, and focus a positive light on AT&T in our communities.
The NETwork will reach 50,000 touches by the end of 2019. For more information or to get engaged, please contact your chapter president or Chief Program Officer DeWanda Ricks.
This year, our Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day event titled, “Change Forward”, challenged us to look at our past, our present and our future to make changes in our communities.
In 2018, we will examine Dr. King’s speech titled, “Where Do We Go From Here?”
In 1967, Dr. King isolated himself from the demands of the Civil Rights Movement, rented a house in Jamaica without a telephone, and labored over what was to be his final manuscript.
In his most prophetic work, which has been unavailable for more than ten years, he laid out his thoughts, plans, and dreams for America’s future. Dr. King addressed the need for better jobs, higher wages, decent housing, and quality education. With a universal message of hope that continues to resonate, Dr. King demanded an end to global suffering, asserting that humankind, for the first time, had the resources and technology to eradicate poverty.
Today, we ask the same question posed by Dr. King in his speech, “Where Do We Go From Here?”. We will continue to address our Chairman’s challenge and take a deeper dive into what happens next to execute on solutions; driving us closer to understanding.
Your local chapter will be hosting a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. themed C.A.F.E. conversation during the week of January 9, 2018. Stay tuned for more information.