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AT&T/JA Worldwide Job Shadow Initiative

One Education Way
Colorado Springs, CO 80906

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Program Specification:






Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness

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Target Settings:

Target Groups:

Middle School

Inner City

School Wide


Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities


The AT&T/JA Worldwide Job Shadow is committing 400,000 employee volunteer hours to reach 100,000 students in grades 9-12. The program will bring students into the world of business through classroom instruction followed by on-site mentoring in which students get to interact with a wide range of AT&T employees including technical and customer service representatives, product and service managers, and marketing and advertising executives. In this comprehensive effort, local Junior Achievement offices will work closely with local AT&T operations to set up job shadow opportunities between students and AT&T employees at AT&T facilities. "No matter what career they ultimately choose, the JA Job Shadow experience helps kids become 'work ready' by taking them into the workplace and showing them how education and training translate to success on the job," said Sean C. Rush, president and CEO of JA Worldwide. "Seventy-nine percent of students participating in job shadowing report that the program increased their desire to stay in school, so this is clearly a proven way to improve high school success." Through the job shadow opportunity, Rush added, students experience some of the interpersonal nuances of the workplace that are difficult to grasp in a classroom setting, such as the importance of negotiation, teamwork, cooperation with others, decision making and problem solving. Following participation in the initiative, students will be able to identify and demonstrate the work-readiness skills needed to research, get and keep a job - as well as develop personal strategies to achieve lifelong learning pursuits and career opportunities.

Program Descriptors Include:
Mentoring/Tutoring, Academic Improvement, Career Education, Community Collaboration, Life Skills Training

Starting Date: 2008
Students Served Per Year: 500+
Last Verified: 2010

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Low achievement
  • Retention/overage for grade
  • Low educational expectations
  • Lack of effort

Program promotes the following:


  • Presence and involvement of caring, supportive adults
  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement
  • Perception of support from adults and peers

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Annual Cost:


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Instructional Texts/Manuals

AT&T, Junior Achievement

Evaluation Information:

Findings from a report by the JA Evaluation and Training institute surveying students who participated in the first year of the AT&T/JA Worldwide Job Shadow Initiative show the program is making an impact and is changing attitudes about staying in school: Ninety-nine percent of students who participated in the program felt that it was important to graduate from high school. Ninety-three percent of students felt that their ability to set goals had improved as a result of participating in Job Shadow. Ninety-eight percent of students agreed that doing well in school will help them achieve their career goals. Ninety percent of students felt that the experience made them more aware of career options.

How evaluation data was collected:
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level

National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities
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