AT&T collaborated with national nonprofit Connected Nation to administer this program and review the applications and needs of schools and nonprofits serving at-risk kids. The program is primarily focused on impacting students in the following groups:
- Students in foster care
- Students experiencing homelessness
- English language learners
- Students with disabilities
- Students eligible for the Migrant Education Program
- Other at-risk students who may be disconnected from formal education opportunities
“There are so many students of all ages who are struggling with the need to be online for their classes. We applaud AT&T for focusing on those students who are often overlooked and unserved,” said Brent Legg, Executive Vice President of Government Affairs, Connected Nation. “We have a responsibility to help ensure that all kids have the opportunity to learn regardless of their circumstances, and I’m proud that we can be part of the solution to help ensure that those most vulnerable among us aren’t left behind.”
There are 124 awardees in the program that span 26 states—representing 81 schools and 43 nonprofits. In total, 35,000 hotspots will be given to programs that help at-risk students across the country. Schools and nonprofits could seek up to 500 hotspots per application.
To see the full list of awardees and learn more about the impact of this program, head to connectednation.org/homeworkgap.
About Connected Nation: Our mission is to improve lives by providing innovative solutions that expand access to and increase the adoption and use of broadband (high-speed internet) and its related technologies for all people. Everyone belongs in a Connected Nation.
Connected Nation works with consumers, local community leaders, states, technology providers, and foundations to develop and implement technology expansion programs with core competencies centered on a mission to improve digital inclusion for people and places previously underserved or overlooked. For more information, please visit: connectednation.org and follow Connected Nation on Facebook and Twitter.
SOURCE Connected Nation