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Mar 21st 2014

AOL San Francisco Teen Advisory Board Beautifies Boys & Girls Club

On St. Paddy's Day, members of the AOL Teen Advisory Board and AOLers from the San Francisco office headed down to the Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco to beautify their playground area. What started out as a concrete jungle was soon transformed into a colorful and welcoming playground.

The Teen Advisory Board, formed by the San Fran office in December to expose teens to the business world while teaching them fundamental skills, worked together to design and paint a mural filled with trees, flowers and sunshine at the main walkway of the playground area. The group built three planting boxes and added jasmine trees that were then placed under the main stairway. The vines will grow to cover the fence with more color and plant life in an area where hundreds of children spend their time throughout the week.
This is just the first of many volunteer events the Teen Advisory Board has planned to participate in with the AOL San Francisco office in 2014 – look for more updates soon!

Mar 11th 2014

AOL Partners With Free The Children For First WE Day UK Launch

This year, AOL was the digital media partner for We Day UK, an event for 12,000 students and teachers from over 700 schools in the UK. Bringing together a number of musicians and global leaders - including Prince Harry, Ellie Goulding, Sir Richard Branson, Dizzee Rascal, Malala Yousafzai and Al Gore - We Day UK celebrated the amazing changes young people are making in their local communities.

As the proud media partner for We Day UK, we had a strong presence both on and off line. Not only did we host a live stream from the Aol.co.uk homepage, but we encouraged young people across the country to design a logo that they felt represented our partnership, for the chance to win a £1,000 school bursary, tickets to the event and the opportunity to have their image become the official AOL Canvas logo for We Day.

Myself, and UK Managing Director, Noel Penzer, took to the stage to discuss AOL's involvement and alongside our AOL Canvas Competition winner, 7 year-old Grace Novakovic. Along with the AOL homepage, The Huffington Post UK and Parentdish came together to cover the story from all angles, including the latest headliner announcement on how your child can find a cause they care about. Staff from the UK office also volunteered for the day, helping make the event the success it was.

As our charity partner for the year, we will continue to support Free the Children by hosting a number of fundraising activities throughout 2014, including sending out staff to help build a village in Kenya in June.

Feb 27th 2014

AOLers Share Career Advice in "Pathways to Success" Series

Equipped with notebooks, questions, and abundant enthusiasm, students from the High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology headed to AOL HQ yesterday for "Pathways to Success." Held in New York, the event brings tech-interested students together for career advice and exposure.

The invited students attend one of 20 New York City public schools selected for a new program, the Software Engineering Pilot (SEP) - which provides funding to offer a comprehensive curriculum of computer science and software engineering for both girls and boys.

Panelists shared stories and advice, with the goal of exposing students to the myriad pathways available in the tech field. As the speakers wrapped up, a key-takeaway arose: "Keep in touch with the classmates you're with today, as those connections will be helpful in the future - you never know who you'll be connected with later on in life."

"Pathways to Success" is an ongoing AOL program through which we invite students interested in technology to the AOL office for a career panel and tour of the Studio. Stay tuned for future updates and events news by following @AOLImpact.

Nov 25th 2013

AOL Named One of the Great Places to Work in D.C.

We're honored that Washingtonian magazine has named AOL one of the 50 Great Places to Work in the D.C. Area!

AOL was selected from more than 13,000 nominations, with criteria that included worker satisfaction, flexibility, work/life balance and workplaces that employees enjoying going to each day. Once the nominations were narrowed down to the top 200, the companies were compared by size and the final 50 were selected.

To celebrate, the Dulles campus enjoyed a drop-by breakfast at three locations.

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