Huddle Up Volunteer Program
In 2017, we introduced a team-driven volunteer grants program. This program encourages T-Mobile employees nationwide to self-organize in small teams to support young people through service projects. These teams apply to the T-Mobile Foundation for a USD 5,000 grant to support their youth projects. We saw great success in 2017, so we doubled our budget and impact for 2018. In 2018, we awarded USD 420,000 to support 84 community projects. Since the program launched in 2017, we have given a total of USD 620,000 to 120 community projects. Some examples of Huddle Up Volunteer Grants in action:
In Washington, at the Issaquah Valley Family Education program. T-Mobile helped run an outdoor experiential learning program for students. T-Mobile volunteers built fences, improved safety at the site, built safe & kid-friendly stepping stones leading out of the parking lot, and performed site cleanup.
Employees in Michigan are volunteering with Fleece and Thank You to make and deliver blankets to local children’s hospitals.
Thirty volunteers from T-Mobile’s retail and engineering teams in Flint, MI, supported Keep Growing Detroit, an urban farm that helps nearly 20,000 low-income young people and families grow their own food and feeds the community with home-grown fruit and vegetables.
Community Days of Service
We also participate in community-wide service events across the country. A couple of examples:
Diversity & Inclusion
Each of our six Diversity & i\Inclusion employee networks partner with a community organization to provide service to our communities. These partnerships include:
Examples of our networks in action:
Generation T Career Exploration
This community outreach/youth development initiative is designed to engage T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile retail, call center, engineering, and headquarter employees in sharing career insights and advice with Boys & Girls Club and After School All Stars teens in their local communities. The program seeks to increase job visibility and readiness with youth, and inspire them to think about next steps toward career success by inviting them into T-Mobile locations to experience a ‘day in the life’ of T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile.
The objectives of Generation T are to:
Since the program was launched in 2017, we have hosted more than 250 Generation T experiences with over 3,000 young people and 1,250 employees. Our staff provided a tour of our facility and an update on the latest mobile technology, a discussion of our business and work responsibilities, and some hands-on engagement with STEM , customers or job role discussions with employees. We will continue to expand Generation T in 2019.
The T-Mobile Changemaker Challenge
T-Mobile Changemaker Challenge: Launched in March 2018, the T-Mobile Changemaker Challenge is a social innovation contest that found 30 revolutionary ideas from young people, aged 13-23 across the USA, who want to make a long-lasting and positive impact in their community. The 25 winning teams (plus up to 5 employee teams) were invited to T-Mobile Headquarters in August for a 2-day Changemaker Lab to help get their projects up and running. They also receive ongoing mentorship, skills development to start and sustain their projects, as well as new devices and seed funding. This was the inaugural year of the Changemaker Challenge, and we’re expanding it in 2019.