RALEIGH, N.C., March 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The world will soon be more intimate and more connected for many senior adults in Raleigh, thanks to a $33,000 contribution from the AT&T* Foundation to support the city's Digital Connectors program.
The contribution was presented by Venessa Harrison, President of AT&T North Carolina, today as Raleigh's first gigabit-connected community center went online at the Tarboro Road Community Center and Saint Monica Teen Center, launching a new wave of high-speed Internet connectivity under the North Carolina Next Generation Network initiative.
"Advanced technology has been the catalyst for change in our world because of what it enables people to do," she said. "We are excited to support the Digital Connectors program because, not only is it connecting generations, but it is expanding horizons and opening new opportunities for seniors and for the young adults who are their instructors in this new digital world."
Launched in 2010, the Raleigh Digital Connectors program engages young people, ages 14-21, in an intensive training program to help participants learn skills for succeeding in the 21st century workplace. Modules include leadership principles, coding, gaming, financial literacy and civic journalism. Each Digital Connector commits to 60 hours of community service, teaching members of the community how to use computers and the Internet.
"Over the past five years, 103 Digital Connectors have helped nearly 3,000 people become members of today's digital society," said Gail M. Roper, Chief Information Officer of the City of Raleigh and founder of Raleigh's Digital Connector program. "Through this multigenerational approach, we have seen a sense of understanding and appreciation grow between the Connectors and the seniors whom they have taught. The program is helping build a culture that embraces technology and civic engagement. We are excited about the impact the program has already had in the community and look forward to the difference it will make in the future."
Selected as the vendor for the NCNGN initiative, AT&T has deployed a 100 percent fiber network that delivers U-verse® with AT&T GigaPowerSM service, offering customers access to the fastest Internet available from AT&T, featuring speeds up to 1 gigabit per second and award-winning U-verse TV.** More information can be found at att.com/gigapower.
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AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities; promote academic and economic achievement; or address community needs. In 2013, more than $130 million was contributed or directed through corporate-, employee-, social investment- and AT&T Foundation-giving programs. AT&T Aspire is AT&T's signature education initiative that drives innovation in education by bringing diverse resources to bear on the issue including funding, technology, employee volunteerism, and mentoring.
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North Carolina Next Generation Network (NCNGN) is a regional initiative focused on stimulating the deployment of next generation broadband networks in North Carolina. The coordinated effort is led by six municipalities and four leading research universities and supported by local Chambers of Commerce and businesses in the Research Triangle and Piedmont regions. NCNGN's goal is to encourage private sector providers to deliver ultra-fast bandwidth at highly affordable prices to ensure our regions and state remain competitive and at the forefront of developing the next-generation applications essential to all sectors of the economy. http://ncngn.net
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