By Mike Varanakis, Youth Services Public Information Officer
Salt Lake County Youth Services and The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake announced new STEM initiatives available to Salt Lake valley youth on February 3rd.
These new resources are available as a result of $40,000 in grant funding from Comcast to each organization. Youth in Salt Lake will have even more options to learn about innovative technologies and gain skills from digital resources in an effort to help bridge the digital divide. This investment in local youth came with more than just a check presentation, but also involves a longstanding partnership between Comcast, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake, and Salt Lake County Youth Services.
Presenters also discussed plans to renovate and upgrade existing hardware, including state-of-the-art equipment that reflects today’s technology-driven environment. Current computer labs will be upgraded to STEM classrooms which to include new computers, tablets, music and video technology, as well as on-site renovations and structural repairs.
Comcast’s commitment has been digital literacy training – a curriculum that incorporates technology training into youth programs. It teaches young people practical skills they need to move ahead, from learning new math and science concepts, studying for college entrance exams online, to creating digital media content.
Special thanks to Mayor Ben McAdams for joining us at the event, representatives from Comcast, as well as Boys and Girls Club staff members. Thank you!
For more information about Comcast’s community investment efforts please visit www.comcast.com/community. Or for additional information about Internet Essentials from Comcast please visit www.internetessentials.com.