As part of its commitment to help close the digital divide, AT&T teamed up with Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area (BGCCA) to open a new state-of-the-art AT&T Digital Learning Lab at the Troy Clubhouse, which will provide computers, digital education tools, mentoring and internet access for children who face digital literacy barriers that threaten to undermine their long-term success.
The new AT&T Digital Learning Lab includes 25 new computers, tablets, computer furniture, printers, projector and screen, software, tools for digital literacy classes, broadband, an original mural and much more.
Across the Capital Region, it’s estimated that more than 11,000 K-12 students 1 are impacted by the digital divide and don’t have connectivity, digital literacy or the internet-enabled devices they need at home.
Special guests included Representatives for Congressman Paul Tonko and Governor Kathy Hochul; Kristin Duffy, Director, External Affairs, AT&T; Assemblymember John T. McDonald III; and City of Troy Mayor Patrick Madden.
AT&T created the New York Digital Learning Lab initiative to help provide connectivity and access to technology in digital deserts across the Empire State. The company is launching six new Labs across the state in collaboration with regional Urban Leagues, educational non-profits, and Boys & Girls Clubs to help ensure some of the state’s
most vulnerable students and families have access to computers, internet, and digital support at afterschool programs and on weekends. The AT&T Digital Learning Lab @ BGCCA marks the third AT&T Digital Learning Lab to open in New York.
"Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area is honored to receive this AT&T Digital Learning Lab from the Company, which will provide our youth with a high-tech space to gain important digital literacy skills, while providing access to fun resources for many years to come. Investments in our community like the AT&T Digital Learning Lab are critical to equip our youth with modern skill sets and prepare them for school and future successes," said Justin Reuter, CEO, BGCCA.
“AT&T has been dedicated to connecting New Yorkers for more than 140 years and this investment in the Digital Learning Lab @ BGCCA is a reflection of the company and its employees’ ongoing commitment to help bridge the digital divide in our neighborhoods,” said Kristin Duffy, director, External Affairs, AT&T.
The AT&T Digital Learning Lab @ BGCCA is a collaboration between AT&T and Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area. The lab will provide students and families across the Capital region access to computers, tablets, high-speed internet connections, mentoring and other technologies needed for a 21st century education.
AT&T is also providing free educational resources to the lab to help students and families participate in digital engagement and learning. This includes The Achievery, a free digital learning platform created by AT&T designed to make digital learning more engaging, entertaining, and inspiring for K-12 students. Free digital literacy courses and workshops will also be provided to help those who are newly connected build skills and confidence to use computers and mobile devices safely and responsibly.
"I applaud AT&T and Boys & Girls Club of the Capital Area for their diligence and collaboration to close digital divides. Thank you for helping to provide the necessary tools and support crucial to the educational success of the students of the Capital Region and throughout New York State," said Senator Neil D. Breslin.
"This AT&T Digital Learning Lab will provide a new level of digital literacy education to students in the Troy City School District and surrounding community. By providing access to computers, other equipment and internet access, this lab will help bridge the digital divide and ensure that students have both the connectivity and the devices critical to success in today's education system. Thank you to AT&T, and Boys & Girls Club of the Capital Area for teaming up to make this initiative possible," said Assemblymember John T. McDonald III.
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Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area youth members are given a safe place to learn and grow, with caring adults who help to inspire them and offer hope and opportunities for a greater future. BGCCA serves 1,300 youths daily from 24 locations and provides 250,000 meals annually in the Capital Area.
Custom mural for the AT&T Digital Learning Lab: