A New Year for School to Work Program

Jan 5, 2018

Thanks to a large donation from AT&T Florida, students at Tallahassee’s Godby High School will continue to receive career mentoring in the New Year. The School to Work program is run by Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Big Bend.

AT&T Florida's MaryRose Sirianni (on the left) presents her firm's ceremonial check for $20,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend Executive Director Alva Striplin.
Credit Tom Flanigan

Big Brothers Big Sisters Executive Director Alva Striplin said the contribution will provide students with real-world career experiences.

“We actually pick up the kids from Godby predominantly and they meet at workplaces," she explained. "They get exposure to what goes on the workplace environment, whether it be an advertising or marketing firm, whether it be a bank, they got to see virtual tellers last year, which was super cool, we went to Mainline Information Systems and an AT&T retail store.”

The $20,000 check was presented Friday by MaryRose Sirianni, who is not only with AT&T Florida, but also a Big Brothers Big Sisters board member.

“AT&T strongly believes in giving back to the community in helping the kids grow to have a future,” Sirianni remarked.

Last year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend served some 400 young people between the ages of 6 and 18.