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Jun 22nd 2016

AOL Designs Billboard in Times Square in Honor of Pride

AOL is proud to stand boldly with Krever and Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI), smack dab in the middle of Times Square, New York to be exact. Hetrick-Martin Institute, a nonprofit providing direct services and advocacy for LGBTQ youth, encourages the community to imagine a world where all young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, can achieve their full potential. American Eagle donated one minute of every hour of their Times Square billboard to HMI, but without robust design resources, HMI didn't know how to make the most of this incredible opportunity.

AOL has had a long-standing relationship with HMI -- working with them for over 5 years in various capacities from Monster Help Day to volunteering services for their annual galas. AOL's Inclusion & Diversity Council jumped on the opportunity to help and partnered with internal design resources to build the concept, images and video content, to bring the billboard to life. When asked about why she is so personally passionate about HMI, AOL Inclusion & Diversity Council member Sivan Sabach said, "It's the school that I wish was around when I was a teen. It's the most heartwarming educational place I've ever been."

The billboard, part of a month-long campaign throughout Pride called "Help Me Imagine," aims to raise awareness of the struggles facing LGBTQ youth across the country. The campaign visuals express statements of hope from HMI youth and celebrity allies including actors Alan Cumming and Cheyenne Jackson, and recording artist duo Tegan and Sara.

For the month of June HMI corporate partners, Roddick and Yabu Pushelberg, match every dollar donate to HMI. To learn more or donate go to www.helpmeimagine.org. You can also support HMI by bidding on one-of-a-kind artwork at https://paddle8.com/auction/hmi/ till June 24th.

Jun 16th 2016

Let Girls Build

#BUILTBYGIRLS and Citizen AOL are proud to announce a special partnership with Let Girls Learn, an initiative launched by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama aimed at helping girls around the world access education and empower them to reach their full potential.

Together, Let Girls Learn, Citizen AOL & #BUILTBYGIRLS created Let Girls Build, a tech-based Challenge asking young women in the U.S. to use the power of technology to create thoughtful and relevant solutions to advance girls' education around the world.

Let Girls Build is a custom track of the #BUILTBYGIRLS Challenge, which gives girls with a background in entrepreneurship and venture capital the power to fund tech projects built by other girls. The Let Girls Build track calls for young women all over the country to leverage technology to ideate creative solutions addressing the problems facing the #62million girls across the globe who are not in school.

First Lady Michelle Obama announced the initiative at The United State of Women Summit earlier this week. The Summit gathered attendees to celebrate all that women and girls have achieved, and empowered individuals and organizations to take action moving forward. The First Lady, Oprah Winfrey and other featured speakers educated, inspired and reminded attendees that there's a lot that has been done by and for women and girls, but there's still plenty more to do.

Challenge submissions open in July; for more information on how to enter, visit http://www.builtbygirls.com/let-girls-build.

May 3rd 2016

Unleashing the Next Generation of Builders: Biggest Take Your Child to Work Day in AOL History

Building on our commitment to inspire the next generation of leaders, last Thursday we welcomed more than 1,400 children, ranging from newborns to 16-year-olds, in 20 AOL offices globally. From Tel Aviv to Beverly Hills and everywhere in between, we championed our largest Take Your Child to Work Day yet, engaging 70% more children than last year. And it was a blast!

The children were welcomed with a video from CEO Tim Armstrong. CMO Allie Kline kicked off the day in New York City , while Seth Dempsey started the fun in Dulles. Arianna Huffington chimed in via video giving the children some 'homework': to record and share their own #TalkToMe video, in which they interview their parents and then post it on social media using the #TalkToMe hashtag. As an example, check out Matthew and Tawyna McCarthy's adorable interview.

Over the course of the day, children enjoyed age-specific programming highlighting AOL's brands and tech, including MAKERS, XBOX, and Engadget, but there was plenty of room for fun and philanthropy. In Toronto and New York, children participated in mini Monster Help Day projects, including decorating and preparing care packages for homeless shelters and creating dog toys for animal rescue center, Animal Haven.

In partnership with The White House, we welcomed over 50 children from Big Brothers Big Sisters. Special thanks to our teams in Ashburn, Dulles and New York for hosting these amazing high school students and to the fantastic AOLers who hosted them for the day!

The Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation joined us in our New York headquarters, and featured Arianna's #TalkToMe video and our age-specific workbooks on the Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day website. The White House provided social media support highlighting AOL's partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters and also shared original video content that was published on AOL.com's article page which was retweeted by US Press Secretary, Josh Earnest.

In addition, 1010 WINS covered AOL's program, interviewing Sara Link, Head of Citizen AOL as well as one of the participating Littles from AOL's Big Brothers Big Sisters' Workplace Mentoring Program.

To see pictures from the day, check out this blog post with a summary of the day from social media, and by searching the hashtag #AOLGivesBack on Twitter.

Feb 17th 2016

AOL Celebrates Diversity & Inclusion with AOL BUILD

"Failure is not an option because I have to pay it forward to other entrepreneurs of color." ~ Rod Robinson, Founder, CEO, ConnXus

In celebration of Black History Month, AOL BUILD hosted a conversation around increasing diversity in tech. The panelists shared their perspectives on the state of the tech world and how black leaders can play a more significant role in the future of technology. Moderated by Wayne Sutton, Co-founder of Tech Inclusion, panelists included:

This conversation reflects AOL's commitment to embracing diversity and shows our continued interest in moving the needle for these important causes that are very much a part of AOL's DNA and philanthropic focus.

Interested in learning more? Watch the full BUILD and check out Wayne Sutton's guest blog for AOL Advertising.

Feb 8th 2016

Big Game, Big Give, and Big Hearts

Making a difference. It's in our culture and code. So, this Saturday before historic Super Bowl 50, AOL hosted the ultimate pre-game "tailgate" experience for top-tier investors, athletes, celebrities and Silicon Valley leaders as they prepared for the big game while giving back. Almost 900 guests gathered at the Atherton home of VC Jillian Manus for the Big Game Big Give, an annual event taking place in the city of the Super Bowl to celebrate and give back to local charities, including The Giving Back Fund, Stanford Cancer Institute, and Four Rings Montana Family Institute. AOL was the media tech sponsor, hosting a "Draft" Tent; other event sponsors included BMW, Goldman Sachs, and the Ron Conway Family Foundation. AOL drove just shy of 500,000 social media impressions, reaching just under 450,000 individuals.

This year's event was chaired by Joe Montana, Matt Williams retired 3rd baseman of the San Francisco Giants, and California's Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom. Jay Leno emceed the auction, which aimed to raise more than $1 million for the Stanford Cancer Institute and other local causes.

The evening's theme was a tribute to California, from the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, a replica of the Golden Gate Bridge, to Silicon Valley, which had a silent disco with a smartphone ice sculpture. The party featured a recreation of Seal Rock including 10,000 square foot tank with seals provided by California State University Monterey Bay, as part of an outreach project raising money for the adoption and care of two baby sea lions who were victims of El Niño. The musical guest was Michael Franti, known for using his music for positive change.

Check out the San Francisco Chronicle recap with a picture featuring AOL's "Draft" Tent experience!

In March, AOL will celebrate Women's History Month and International Women's Day (March 8th). Last week's AOL MAKERS Conference kicked things off by bringing together some of the biggest women leaders from across sectors for three days of inspirational discussions around diversity, leadership, social issues, and education. You can see great pictures and videos from the event by checking out @Makerswomen on Twitter.

In April, Citizen AOL will host nearly 1,000 children across over 14 offices for Take Your Child to Work Day and in May AOL's global volunteer day, Monster Help Day will send employees out into their communities. Promoting STEM education with children, especially girls is important to AOL, and will be the focus of a number of initiatives. AOL looks forward to supporting the Computer Science Opportunity Fair, educating nearly 2,000 high school and select middle school students around the endless opportunities in tech.

Stay tuned to this blog for more exciting updates from Citizen AOL and follow @AOLCSR on Twitter to keep up with all the great things AOL is going to do this year!

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