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Black History Month 2018 – I AM Project
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 should be submitted by Monday, January 22, 2018 to: TheNETworkIAMProject@gmail.com
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.
What is the I AM Project?
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.
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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.
The tension in the cavernous banquet room was palpable. Most if not all of the 2000 participants sat on the edges of their seats in anticipation of the next awardee of the ERG in Action award for outstanding programing by an ERG chapter. When Belinda Grant-Anderson called out The NETwork Illinois chapter, a roar erupted from the audience. The chapter received much due recognition for “Real Men Read,” a program that brought men out in force to read to elementary school children in at-risk communities in the city of Chicago.
The program began as an offshoot of the Teacher Appreciation Week initiative, a standing program the chapter had been involved in. Sylvia Knox, a member of the chapter’s Illinois Student Affairs Committee, noticed that when volunteers went out to read to the students, the children, particularly the boys, responded differently to the male volunteers. Sylvia also recalled a conversation with Robert Cooper, a founding member of The NETwork predecessor organization ABAP, and for whom the Illinois Chapter scholarship program is named. During a program in which he spoke, Mr. Cooper, looking around the room, asked Sylvia a pointed question – “Where are the men?”
The seeds of those two experiences, sprouted Real Men Read. The goal of the program was to dispel the negative images that surrounds the children in those neighborhoods and replace them with the idea that a good education can lead to a positive life. The point was driven home by providing positive male role models. Eighteen men, predominantly field service technicians, as well as managers and an Area Manager that served as a partner in the program, came out in force to visit the schools.
On the day of the school visits, a parade of company branded trucks would descend, bring technicians in their tool belts and hard hats. Teachers provided the books and the mean would read to the students. After the reading, the volunteers would answer questions from the students about what they do in their work day. The power of that interaction, is as Ms. Knox said, “Hidden behind those trucks and doors of AT&T are some positive role models.”
The $5000 award the chapter received at the conference will help the chapter to grow and expand the program. It continues into the current school year with a partnership with a new Chicago school that recently received a prestigious Blue Ribbon award for academic excellence. When the next motorcade of AT&T trucks roll into the neighborhood, the image will be firmly planted by the men and women supporting the program that, “little boys and girls that read, grow up to be productive men and women that read.”
*Chapter President Darshell Slaughter & Vice President Eddie Curry Jr. accepting the ERG in Action Award
$5000 ERG in Action Award!
$1000 ERG Engagement Award Winners
#3 Wisconsin Chapter
#5 Sacramento Chapter
Chapter Impact Award Winners
The Power of One Award Winners
Devron Morris-Brooks NE Region
George Harrison SE Region
LaToya Henry SW Region
Atherine Blanco W Region
The NETwork Partnership Award Winners
Angela Baskerville – Ent Group Sales, Svc & Corp Systems Business Unit
Yves Hughes Jr. – The NETwork Technology Team
Community Transformer Award
The NETwork Lifetime Award
Linda D. Jackson
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