Comcast has partnered with One Economy to teach youth in the Morgantown, W. Va., area about broadband technologies and how they can be used to serve the community.
The program, which is called Comcast Digital Connectors, is slated to take place during after-school hours at the Mountaineer Boys & Girls Club in Morgantown, as well as in other locations across the United States.
In the Comcast Digital Connectors program, 25 high school students who attend Monongalia County Schools and come from diverse and low-income backgrounds gather at the Mountaineer Boys & Girls Club four times a week after school throughout the year to learn digital literacy skills.
They then volunteer their time at community-based organizations, senior centers, churches, and even in their own homes to help improve digital literacy. They’re also being mentored by local Comcast employees, who will offer their technical expertise and leadership skills.
One Economy founded the Digital Connectors' program and curriculum in 2003. Today, there are youth engaged in Digital Connectors programs throughout the United States, as well as similar digital literacy initiatives in Ethiopia, Rwanda, Kenya, Cameroon and Nigeria.
In addition to Morgantown, the Comcast Digital Connectors program will be launched in 21 locations across the nation by the end of 2010. Locations include Washington, D.C. (launched in July); Houston (launched in October); Springfield, Mass. (launched in November); Miami; Hanford, Calif.; Dearborn, Mich.; Denver; Philadelphia; Tallahassee, Fla.; West Palm Beach, Fla.; Atlanta; Tacoma, Wash.; Pittsburgh; Chicago; Portland, Ore.; and others to be determined.