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Computers 2 Kids to Provide Thousands of Low-Cost Devices to Residents in San Diego

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Computers 2 Kids joins AT&T and Digitunity to help provide low-cost computers, digital literacy training, and technical support to San Diego underserved residents over the next two years.

San Diego CA— Computers 2 Kids has been selected as part of a 10-city project led by AT&T and Digitunity to provide refurbished computers and technology support over the next two years to students and families in San Diego. In the last 90 days, over 3,300 families in the greater San Diego area benefited from receiving a computer from Computers 2 Kids through this project.
This project aims to help bridge the digital divide in San Diego by providing underserved residents with digital resources and skills training needed for online learning success. Many students across the U.S. are affected by the digital divide and struggle to participate1 in online learning opportunities because of unreliable internet access, lack of computers, or poor digital literacy skills. This project will help students engage in today’s digital learning environment.
“We are proud to have AT&T and Digitunity join our efforts to help tackle the digital divide head-on in San Diego,” said Cheri Pierre, Chief Executive Officer, Computers 2 Kids. “Through our collaboration, we will provide much-needed computers and hands-on digital training to help make a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable in our community.”
This project is part of AT&T’s $2 billion commitment to help bridge the digital divide from 2021 to 2024 through efforts that promote broadband affordability, accessibility, and safe adoption. Digitunity will create alliances among device refurbishing organizations, local nonprofits, and businesses to acquire previously used computers that will be refurbished into like-new devices and distributed to underserved students affected by the digital divide.
“Our commitment to narrowing the digital divide includes ensuring that learners have both the connectivity and the devices critical to success,” said Christine Moore, Director of External Affairs, AT&T California, “Through our work with Digitunity and Computers 2 Kids, we will be able to help thousands of underserved students and their families in the San Diego region get access to free computers and training resources that are vital for online learning success.”
“Device ownership is foundational to digital equity, and technology reuse is a direct and logical answer to the pervasive challenge of the technology gap,” stated Karisa Tashjian, Director of Programs, Digitunity. “Nonprofit technology refurbishers are critical players in their communities for providing people-centered, integrated service delivery systems that equip students and their families with the digital tools and support they need, both today and in the future.”
For more information on how local nonprofits, businesses, and community leaders can get involved, please contact Karisa Tashjian, Director of Programs, https://links.digitunity.org/10-city-contact-us or Cheri Pierre, CEO, Computers 2 Kids at info@c2sdk.org.
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Computers 2 Kids to Provide Thousands of Low-Cost Devices to Residents in San Diego