Finalist in national Kids Tech Summit wants to help older generations tackle tech

Des Moines, Iowa (April 4, 2022) – Nancy Mwirotsi confesses that she’s a “tech dropout,” but also points to that as one reason she founded Pi515 — a nonprofit focused on introducing girls and boys from different social and socioeconomic backgrounds to technology skills as a way out of poverty. “It was 20 years ago when I was first learning …

Teens teaching teens to build a more digitally diverse and equitable world

Computers 4 People expands to include Computers 4 People 4 Teens Hoboken, New Jersey (March 28, 2022) – The Kids Tech Summit taking place April 22 challenges K-12 students to use their digital skills to help the community. Four student-led projects have been named as finalists. One of those innovative groups is expanding upon a mission begun by another teenager …

The simple change one 10th grader says we can make to attract more people to STEM

“True innovation comes from including many perspectives.” Los Angeles, California (March 24, 2022) – Mariela Cruz-Suarez and her teammates at C5 Youth Foundation of Southern California (C5LA) are pretty excited about competing in the national Kids Tech Summit taking place virtually on April 22. “When I told the students they made it to the final round, they were thrilled and …

Final four named for national Kids Tech Summit competition hosted by Connected Nation

Bowling Green, Kentucky (March 17, 2021) – Connected Nation (CN) announced this week the four finalists in its national Kids Tech Summit. This friendly competition, which is sponsored by AT&T, provides an opportunity for students to use their digital skills to develop 100% student-led projects that directly benefit their communities and help narrow the Digital Divide. “We challenged those taking …

AT&T and Connected Nation provide free hotspots, internet service to help vulnerable students across Hawai‘i

Six nonprofits and one school to benefit, connecting more than 1,000 students locally Honolulu, Hawai‘i (December 9, 2021) – As part of AT&T’s commitment to bridge the Digital Divide and narrow the homework gap, Connected Nation (CN) is working with AT&T to deliver 1,060 free mobile hotspots and 14 months of free AT&T wireless internet service to vulnerable students across …

AT&T and Connected Nation deliver on commitment to provide 35,000 hotspots and free internet service to help vulnerable students

Bowling Green, Ky. (August 11, 2021) – Leading nonprofit Connected Nation has completed the deployment of 35,000 hotspots. Made possible by a contribution from AT&T – these hotspots, equipped with more than a year of free internet service – will help some of the most vulnerable students across the country. “AT&T made a $10 million commitment in 2020 to help …

Exposing the Digital Divide: how the pandemic revealed what we can all do to improve digital equity

Hoboken, New Jersey (July 27, 2021) – Dylan Zajac wants you to know two things about the Digital Divide—it was a problem long before the pandemic and there is a simple way you can fix it. “It’s interesting. Most people didn’t realize the Digital Divide existed until the pandemic. But there was a massive need for technology for doing things …

Texas school districts, nonprofits to receive hotspots, free internet to help more than 1,800 students across the state

AT&T’s K-12 homework gap program is helping students nationwide participate in connected learning Austin, Texas (April 12, 2021) – As students and teachers cross the threshold into a full year of remote learning, AT&T and leading nonprofit Connected Nation are continuing to work to put the connectivity solutions vital to education into the hands of those who need it most. …

Help is on the way for more than 300 Greenup County School District students left out of remote learning

Record failure rates attributed to lack of internet access and student engagement during pandemic closures Greenup, Kentucky (March 5, 2021) – When the pandemic forced the Greenup County School District to shut down, faculty and staff struggled to reach their students. “Much of our population is rural, and there are high poverty levels across the county with approximately 62% of …

500 kids in southeast Los Angeles to get the devices they need for remote learning

“During bad times sometimes good things happen. This is one of those things.” The Southeast Community Development Corporation (SCDC) has been working since 1994 to “flood” southeast Los Angeles with some much-needed help. “It was a nonprofit desert in our area,” said Emma Hernandez, Interim Executive Director, SCDC. “We formed from members of local cities who were trying to bring …