As part of a nationwide commitment to help bridge the digital divide and homework gap, AT&T is supporting Human-IT to provide the Boys and Girls Club of Washington County (BGCWC) with 75 refurbished computers . The BGCWC will provide the computers to underserved club members and other area youth to help these students access the digital resources they need to succeed in online learning.
As part of AT&T’s Connected Learning initiative, the company is collaborating with Human-IT, a nonprofit organization that works to create equitable access to opportunity by providing devices, Internet access, digital skills training and technical support for communities on the wrong side of the digital divide. Human-IT also works to divert tech e-waste from landfills, distributing refurbished devices to select non-profit organizations.
“The past two years have created both challenges and opportunities for families to maximize innovative digital learning solutions,” said Washington County Commissioner Kevin Ritter. “By providing students with laptops, we can help increase access to learning anytime, anywhere. We are grateful for the generosity of AT&T and Human-IT to work with us to help our students succeed and bridge the digital divide.
According to Human-IT, nearly 100 million Americans do not have access to a personal computer, an Internet connection, or both. This lack of access to digital technology creates a significant gap between the opportunities unconnected people can access and those available to digitally connected households. The opportunity gap is known as the digital divide.
AT&T and Human-IT are working to help bridge this divide, empowering families with equitable access to information and technology to realize their full potential.
“Technology barriers to completing school work are big problems for many young people in Washington County,” said Rebecca Johnson, executive director of the BGCWC. “This generous donation of laptops from AT&T will help families fill that homework gap and open up more young people to the opportunities that digital connectivity makes possible.”
“Our commitment to helping bridge the digital divide includes providing learners with the connectivity and devices essential for success,” said BJ Smith, director of external affairs, AT&T Ohio. “Through our work with Human-IT, we are excited to help underprivileged students and their families in Washington County gain free access to computers and digital literacy resources that are vital for online learning.”
According to Johnson, all K-12 kids in Marietta are eligible to apply for a free laptop.
Current club members and youth from low-income households will be given priority.
Interested families can contact the BGCWC at 307 Lancaster Street in Marietta or (740) 373-4123 for an application.
About the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County
Located on the west side of Marietta, the Boys & Girls Club of Washington County offers after-school programs for children in kindergarten through 12th grade in the areas of education, character building, socialization, arts and crafts and physical recreation – providing a safe and positive place for children to learn, grow and reach their full potential.
About Philanthropy and Social Innovation at AT&T
We are committed to advancing education, creating opportunity, strengthening communities and improving lives. As part of our $2 billion company-wide commitment from 2021 to 2023 to bridge the digital divide, we launched AT&T Connected Learning to invest in connectivity and technology, digital literacy and solutions education to help today’s learners succeed inside and outside the classroom.
Since 2008, we’ve committed more than $600 million to programs that help millions of students in all 50 states and around the world, especially those in underserved communities.