October 4th, 2021
Asurion Donates $1 Million to National Urban League Affiliates to Support Education, Workforce Development in Tech Industry
Program Prepares Students in Middle Tennessee, Houston and Phoenix for College and High-Paying Tech Careers
NASHVILLE, TN Tech care company Asurion today announced a $1 million education and workforce development partnership with three affiliates of the National Urban League – the Urban League of Middle Tennessee (ULMT), Houston Area Urban League (HAUL), Greater Phoenix Urban League (GPHL) – to help underserved students complete education and training programs to enter tech fields. The $1 million investment will be shared across the three affiliates over the course of the next five years.
Asurion’s donation will directly support Project Ready, a signature program of the National Urban League that provides students in 9th to 12th grade with the support, guidance, and encouragement needed to prepare them for a bright and promising future. Participating students engage in a curriculum that prepares them academically, socially, and culturally for college and careers. Through this partnership, students will gain access to new social and academic development programs along with new college and career exposure.
“We are honored to be partnering with affiliates of the National Urban League and supporting their dedication to the community through education and employment opportunities,” said Tony Detter, CEO at Asurion. “We recognize that taking a stand for racial equality requires more than a statement and a financial contribution. Our partnership allows us to be involved and our employees in each of these cities are excited to actively take part and contribute to the impact these initiatives.”
Asurion employees will participate in career exposure and exploration events, as well as mentorship opportunities.
“Our partnership with Asurion gives the Urban League more opportunities to ensure that the young men and women are prepared for the next phase of their lives and allowing them to achieve economic self-reliance,” said Clifton Harris, President, and CEO of the Urban League of Middle Tennessee, which will be managing the partnership for all three affiliates.
Asurion has selected to partner with the Urban League of Middle Tennessee, the Houston Area Urban League, and the Greater Phoenix Urban League with input from its employees and based on the organizations’ support for education and demonstrated impact within communities where Asurion operates and serves.
The partnerships are part of Asurion’s larger initiative launched in 2020 to help address racial inequality among its employees and within the communities where it operates and serves customers. The company has further institutionalized its commitment to diversity in its hiring practices and has begun removing existing barriers to career advancement of under-represented minority groups. This has included the launch of an in-house software engineering apprenticeship program and a data science scholarship with Fisk University; intentional recruitment and development of employees of color; and employee education on topics related to racial equality that provide opportunities to learn, engage and take action as part of each employee’s personal journal to antiracism.
About Urban League of Middle Tennessee
The Urban League of Middle Tennessee (ULMT) is a historic civil rights and urban advocacy organization, providing direct services that impact and improve the lives of thousands in underserved communities across Middle Tennessee. Learn more about how to empower communities and change lives at ULMT.org.