Comcast will host Little Rock Digital Equity Day: A Commitment to Connectivity and Bridging the Digital Divide. The event will be held May 10th, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Dalton Whetstone Boys and Girls Club, located at 26546 Harrow Drive.
“Comcast’s investment in digital inclusion has had an incredible impact on the Dalton Whetstone Boys and Girls Club,” said Central Arkansas Boys and Girls Clubs CEO Cindy Doramus. “I’d like to thank Comcast for advancing future workforce readiness by supporting this club that provides a safe place for our students to learn and thrive in a digital environment.”
The event will highlight Comcast’s $50,000 digital equity investment which includes a technology makeover of the Dalton Whetstone Boys and Girls Club Lift Zone and a grant to support access to technology, digital exploration and digital skills for workforce training. The event will also feature the Internet Essentials “Ready for Anything” awards presentation, a tour of the upgraded Lift Zone and other surprise presentations.
Event participants include Little Rock City Director Ken Richardson, City of Little Rock Chief of Education Jennifer Glasgow, and Central Arkansas Boys and Girls Clubs CEO Cindy Doramus. The event will be hosted by Comcast Senior Manager of External Affairs Evangeline Parker-Guest.
Lift Zones provide internet connectivity at community centers and other public facilities allowing students to get online, participate in distance learning and do their homework. The sites also benefit adults, connecting them to online education, job searches, healthcare information and public assistance.
Internet Essentials is Comcast’s low-cost broadband adoption program for low-income households with grammar, high school, and college students; seniors; veterans; people with disabilities; and residents enrolled in public assistance and housing assistance programs. Since its launch in 2011, Internet Essentials has connected a cumulative total of 10 million Americans to the Internet at home.
Today’s announcement by Comcast is part of Project UP, a comprehensive initiative aimed at advancing digital equity in Little Rock and across the nation.