Digital literacy is more important than ever in today’s information-based economy. That’s why Comcast is helping South Sound children improve their technology skills with a $25,000 grant to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County.
The money will ensure that clubs in Lacey, Olympia, Rochester and Tumwater will be able to provide the most up-to-date digital technology and software to help prepare at-risk youth for college and future careers.
"Kids need to learn and conquer technology,” said Joe Ingoglia, CEO for the Thurston County clubs. "It's used everywhere. You hear talk of bridging the digital divide. We are trying to bridge that gap for kids. We want to provide those kids with opportunities they might not otherwise have."
Unfortunately, some young people have serious problems competing with their peers because they can’t access computers, smart phones and other devices.
“You need a really rigorous curriculum and very sharp instructors to guide people through technology,” said Walt Neary, spokesman for Comcast. “The Boys & Girls Clubs are great for young people. The clubs are real pioneers in the art of teaching young people digital literacy and how to use technology.”
Comcast has a long history of supporting the Boys & Girls Clubs, and the current donation is the largest grant it has given the organization so far.
“We’re really excited about this grant,” said Neary. “We hope we can do more things with the Boys and Girls Clubs down the line. We donate in various ways to hundreds of organizations around the state. We believe giving back to the community is essential. It’s the right thing to do for business and it’s definitely the right thing to do for the heart.”