TACOMA – In celebration of National STEM / STEAM Day (November 8), Boys and Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound and Comcast Washington announce a new partnership to encourage children in Pierce County to explore and pursue their interests in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM). Comcast is donating $ 15,000, 40 laptops and free internet service to five boys and girls clubs in southern Puget Sound as part of Project UP, the company’s $ 1 billion pledge for reach 50 million people over the next 10 years with the tools, resources and skills to succeed in a digital world.
Digital access and adoption is essential to keeping people connected to the world around them, and for many students, it is one of the most important keys to success. Funds, IT equipment and robust WiFi coverage will support Al Davies, Bremerton, Lakewood, Milgard Family Eastside and Henry T. Schatz branches of the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound. These chapters, located in Tacoma, Bremerton and Lakewood, offer programs that help hundreds of children connect, participate in distance learning, improve their skills in science, technology, engineering, art and math, and to succeed in their studies.
Using an interdisciplinary approach that channels the natural curiosity of young people into the design process inherent in the arts, BGCSPS ‘STEM programs enable young people to create new solutions to real world challenges. This project-based approach develops critical thinking, problem solving, and other 21st century skills essential for success in the STEM workforce and beyond.
“When private businesses and organizations like ours can come together, it can really create something special for our community. These funds, internet access and technology donations will have a huge impact on our local clubs, the members we serve and their families, ”said Carrie Holden, President / CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound. “We are grateful to Comcast for its contributions and its common goal of promoting digital equity as well as science, technology, engineering, art and math for our children.”
As part of Internet Essentials, Comcast’s signature digital equity initiative, the company recently instituted “Lifting zones” at community and educational centers across the country, nearly 100 of which are expected to open here in Washington by the end of the year. These locations, which include the five participating sections of the South Puget Sound Boys and Girls Clubs, offer free internet access and educational tools in safe and student-friendly learning spaces to connect online, participate in learning. remotely and do their homework.
“Bridging the digital divide and raising awareness of digital adoption have been key priorities for Comcast since 2011, and they are more important than ever,” said Carla Carrell, director of external affairs for Comcast in Washington. “Working side-by-side with our public, private and non-profit partners is essential to level the playing field of the digital game in Tacoma and Pierce County. “
About Project UP & Comcast’s $ 1 Billion Commitment to Advance Digital Equity
For more than a decade, connecting more people to the internet and the technology they need to participate and excel in an increasingly digital world has been at the heart of the business. Looking to the next decade, Comcast is building on that foundation and expanding its impact through Project UP, a global initiative to advance digital equity and help build a future of limitless possibilities. Backed by a billion dollar commitment to reach 50 million people, Project UP encompasses community programs and partnerships across Comcast, NBCUniversal and Sky that connect people to the Internet, advance economic mobility, and open doors to the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs and storytellers. , and creators. For more information on Project UP and the latest news on efforts to tackle digital inequalities, including the recent expansion of Comcast RISE investment fund to provide millions in grants to small business owners of color and investment in research to increase diversity in technology and digital, visit corporate.comcast.com/impact/project-up.
About Internet Essentials
Internet Essentials is Comcast’s signature digital equity initiative and the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program. In 10 years, it has connected 10 million low-income Americans to high-speed home Internet, most for the very first time. It has a comprehensive design that addresses each of the top three barriers to broadband adoption. This includes several options for accessing free digital literacy training on paper, online and in person; the option of purchasing a low cost, heavily subsidized Internet-ready computer; and low-cost high-speed Internet service for $ 9.95 per month plus taxes. The program is structured as a partnership between Comcast and tens of thousands of school districts, libraries, elected officials and nonprofit community partners. For more information on Internet Essentials and Comcast’s commitment to education and digital equity, please visit enterprise.comcast.com/education. To apply, visit www.internetessentials.com or dial 1-855-846-8376 for English or 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.
About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company that connects people at important times. We are primarily focused on broadband, aggregation and streaming with 57 million customer relationships in the US and Europe. We offer broadband, wireless and video through our Xfinity, Comcast Business and Sky brands; create, distribute and stream premier entertainment, sports and news through Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, Universal Studio Group, Sky Studios, NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, multiple cable networks, Peacock, NBCUniversal News Group, NBC Sports, Sky News and Air Sports; and deliver memorable experiences at Universal Parks and Resorts in the United States and Asia. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.
About South Puget Sound Boys and Girls Clubs
The Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound is a non-profit organization that provides 5-18 year olds a safe and supportive place to spend their time before and after school and during the summer. With 10 clubs, the Boys & Girls Club of South Puget Sound serves over a thousand young people each year, helping them reach their full potential. Club programming focuses on academic success, a healthy and active lifestyle, and the development of good character and leadership skills. The clubs are strategically located in the neighborhoods and are accessible to all children. Since 1940, the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound have helped children in difficult neighborhoods stay out of trouble, stay in school and succeed in life. Learn more about: www.bgcsps.org/home