COMCAST AND AREA PARTNERS UNVEIL A FIRST OF ITS KIND,
COMPREHENSIVE BROADBAND ADOPTION INITIATIVE AND CELEBRATE
LOCAL YOUTH WHO HAVE ACQUIRED TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE
New model program provides Low Cost Internet, Affordable Computers and Free Training to Families with Children
Who Receive Free School Lunches as Part of the National School Lunch Program
Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 10AM
What/Who: Executives from Comcast’s Florida East Coast Region will be joined by City of West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio, Palm Beach County School District Superintendent William Malone, and Urban League of Palm Beach County CEO Patrick Franklin, along with other local leaders and community partners to unveil Internet EssentialsSM, a new digital adoption program that helps connect low-income families to the Internet. The goal of the program is to help close the digital divide for more low-income families by offering affordable Internet service, a low-cost computer for the home, and free online, print and in-person computer training.
The event will also celebrate the graduation and showcase the work of young adults from diverse, low-income backgrounds who took part in Digital Connectors – a major digital literacy, youth leadership development and community service initiative.. As part of the 2011 Digital Connectors program, the young volunteers put their freshly gained broadband, technology, business and civic skills to work in a wide range of community service activities.
When: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Gaines Park, McDonald Wilson Center, 1501 N. Australian Ave.
Details: Internet Essentials SM, by Comcast is the first program to address all three of the main barriers to broadband adoption that research has identified: 1) a lack of understanding of how the Internet is relevant and useful; 2) the cost of a home computer, and 3) the cost of Internet service. Comcast is asking parents, educators, community leaders/organizations and government officials to join in this effort by spreading the word to help increase broadband adoption in Palm Beach County.
The Comcast Digital Connectors training helps participants learn real world applications for broadband technology. Modules include: leadership principles, real world learning opportunities, digital literacy, information and network technology skills development, community service, financial literacy, and civic journalism.
There are 21 people in this graduating class. Each participant has received 56 hours of classroom training and, combined, the Digital Connectors have contributed 1,446 hours of community service as part of their class involvement. At least one of the students has already taken his newly acquired skills and obtained employment in the field of digital technology.
About One Economy and the Digital Connectors
One Economy is a global nonprofit organization that uses innovative approaches to deliver the power of technology and information to low-income people. More than 17 million people have used One Economy’s online tools and resources, including the Public Internet Channel (www.pic.tv), to build better lives. One Economy has launched on-the-ground programs in 42 U.S. states, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. The Digital Connectors program is One Economy’s flagship initiative that delivers 21st century technology training to young people from low-income backgrounds, who then share what they learn within their own communities. To date, more than 3,000 Digital Connectors have contributed more than 56,000 hours of technology focused community service. Learn more at www.one-economy.com.
About Comcast Corporation:
Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK) (www.comcast.com) is one of the nation’s leading providers of entertainment, information and communications products and services. Comcast is principally involved in the operation of cable systems through Comcast Cable and in the development, production and distribution of entertainment, news, sports and other content for global audiences through NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is one of the nation’s largest video, high-speed Internet and phone providers to residential and business customers. Comcast is the majority owner and manager of NBCUniversal, which owns and operates entertainment and news cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, local television station groups, television production operations, a major motion picture company and theme parks.
About the Comcast Foundation
The Comcast Foundation was founded by Comcast Corporation in June 1999 to provide charitable support to qualified non-profit organizations. The Foundation primarily invests in programs intended to have a positive, sustainable impact on their communities. The Foundation’s focus areas are volunteerism, literacy, and youth leadership development. Since its inception, the Comcast Foundation has donated more than $77 million to organizations in the communities nationwide that Comcast serves. More information about the Foundation and its programs is available at www.comcast.com/InTheCommunity.