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Thoughts from our judging panel and AT&T's social good program

This note comes from one of our judges, John Bridgeland, CEO of Civic Enterprises. Civic Enterprises is a public policy and strategy firm that works with corporations, nonprofits, foundations, universities, and governments to develop innovative initiatives and public policies in the fields of education, national service, civic engagement, conservation, public health and more.

Later this fall, I will be reviewing your Data for Diplomas submissions alongside some outstanding fellow judges who are true leaders in the effort to ensure we reach the goal of a 90 percent on-time high school graduation rate by 2020.

We all know graduating is important. This year, the national U.S. high school graduation rate hit a record high of 81.4 percent, and for the third year in a row, the nation remained on pace to meet this goal. However, we know there is much that still needs to be done to ensure students get the support they need to finish high school, making them ready to pursue college and a career.

That’s why we’re asking you to help us identify innovative new approaches and solutions to ensure the success of today's students and future generations.

I look forward to seeing your ideas and reviewing your projects!

John Bridgeland

CEO, Civic Enterprises

And here are a few thoughts from Randy Garza, program manager of social good at AT&T. Randy leads a team to showcase the resources within AT&T that deliver actionable insights derived from data analytics to make an impact in the local, national and global community.   

Thank you for participating in Data for Diplomas! We truly appreciate the work you are investing on behalf of young people.

Data analytics has so much potential for social good. You are just like me in fully understanding this. There are many insights to be gained through existing data that might change the way we approach social issues.

A young person who earns a high school degree is much better prepared for a happy and productive life. What can you discover using public data that could pave the way for 90 percent of U.S. high school students graduating on time by 2020, instead of the current 80 percent?

Because this is such a high priority for AT&T and its community partners, we are offering $40,000 in prizes and broad publicity for the winning entries.

I will be delighted to see your work, as will my fellow judges — prominent leaders from the technology industry and academia. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Randy Garza

Program Manager for Social Good, AT&T