Thursday, February 29, 2024

AT&T contributes $20,000 to the Urban League of Louisiana

by BIZ Magazine

SHREVEPORT — AT&T is reinforcing its commitment to community empowerment by contributing $20,000 to the Urban League of Louisiana to address digital disparities among adults and seniors in Monroe and Shreveport.

This collaboration aims to enhance digital literacy, providing essential training in computer skills and access to various internet options. AT&T’s contribution supports initiatives encompassing online educational platforms, healthcare accessibility, job readiness, and government services. The overarching goal is to bridge the digital divide and ensure that everyone in the community has the tools needed for success in the digital era.

“Digital literacy trainings are not just about navigating devices; they’re about fostering independence, breaking down barriers, and ensuring that no one is left behind,” said Tyronne Walker, Chief Administrative Officer, Urban League of Louisiana. “The Urban League is committed to bridging the digital divide, empowering our elders to be active participants in the digital era and shaping a more equitable future for all.”

“We believe in the transformative power of connectivity and knowledge,” said Levar Greenhouse, Regional Director, External Affairs, AT&T Louisiana. “AT&T’s collaboration with the Urban League is a testament to our shared dedication to equipping individuals with essential digital skills for a brighter future.”

The initiative recognizes the vital role technology plays in today’s society, and the need for inclusive digital literacy programs that empower individuals to thrive in an increasingly digital world. By offering support to under-served populations, AT&T, and the Urban League aim to create lasting change and open new opportunities for Louisiana families.

Additionally, 15 refurbished laptops will be given to area students and families as part of AT&T’s nationwide commitment to help bridge the digital divide. The laptops, funded by an AT&T donation to Human IT, will be given to local residents in need to help them fully participate in our digital world.   

“The devices supporting our local students aren’t just gadgets, they are instruments of knowledge, bridging gaps and unlocking potential,” said Pastor Theron Jackson, Morning Star Baptist Church. “In this shared journey, we foster a community where every student has the opportunity to thrive and contribute meaningfully to the world around them.”

Strong digital literacy skills are crucial for overcoming the barriers millions of individuals and families face when first participating in our digital-first world, including factors like privacy and online safety.

Digital literacy trainings can help people learn how to use computers, mobile devices, and internet resources, along with commonly used apps essential to managing personal finances, applying for jobs, obtaining an education, accessing telehealth services, and other everyday activities.

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