COMMERCE CITY — On March 4, Comcast announced $280,000 in grants and in-kind gifts for metro Denver non-profit groups, including KidsTek and the Boys & Girls Club in Commerce City, to create “Internet Essentials Learning Zones.”
Honoring the efforts of its community partners, Comcast has established a Gold Medal Recognition Program in which it is making more than $1 million in grants to dozens of non-profit partners in communities across the country that have led the way in connecting families to home broadband through Internet Essentials. Partners in Commerce City that were among thos to receive support were the Boys & Girls Clubs and KidsTek.
The grants in Colorado will enable these communities to create a continuum of connectivity— or “Internet Essentials Learning Zones” — that begin in the classroom with wired schools, follow the students to wired libraries, wired computer centers, and wired after-school programs, and end in wired homes when the day is done.
Additionally, Comcast also announced it has extended Internet Essentials indefinitely beyond its initial three-year commitment. In just two and a half years, the initiative has connected more than 300,000 low-income families to broadband Internet, including more than 14,000 families across Colorado.
Announced in May 2011, Internet Essentials is designed to meet the needs of a specific population: low-income families with school-age children who are not currently connected to broadband Internet at home.
“Our organization is committed to ensuring that our Club members graduate from high school prepared for college and careers. We know that access to state of the art technology and STEM education is a key strategy for ensuring that youth are equipped with the 21st century skills they will need for academic and career success,” said Tina Martinez, Vice President of Program Services for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver. “Our ability to deliver quality, impactful programming is dependent on the support we receive from community-focused organizations like Comcast.”
“For a student growing up in a home without access to the Internet or a computer, the doors to limitless possibilities are closed,” said Richard Liner, Executive Director of KidsTek. “With help from partners like Comcast, KidsTek removes those barriers by providing hands-on technology education for Colorado’s underserved youth. Comcast’s support enables us to reach even more students in Aurora, where we already offer several programs, and to reach students in Commerce City for the first time. We are deeply grateful for Comcast’s help in opening worlds of possibility for more students in our community.”