Flushing organization Asian Americans for Equality is one of three local New York City recipients to receive a Spectrum Digital Education Grant to enhance its digital literacy in the Asian American community.
AAFE will receive $40,000 to train students in its Youth and Family Program, and to assist seniors in the Flushing area in developing digital skills. The grant was announced at a ceremony held at AAFE’s office located at 35-34 Union St. in Flushing.
Spectrum provides a full range of services, including Spectrum TV video entertainment programming, Spectrum Internet access and Spectrum Voice.
“In our increasingly technology-driven world, the importance of digital education and access to digital resources cannot be overstated,” said Rodney Capel, vice president, of government affairs at Spectrum. “Through the Spectrum Digital Education Grant Program, we partner with leading community organizations like Asian Americans for Equality to help bridge the divide and provide communities in need with the tools to grow and prosper in the digital age.”
Asian American for Equality and 22 other deserving nonprofit organizations – all in other Spectrum markets across the country — were chosen from among more than 170 applicants as Spectrum Digital Education Grant recipients — part of an overall $1 million commitment by Spectrum to provide digital education in the communities it serves.
“Through our new digital skills training program in Queens, AAFE will be able to create new opportunities for hundreds of low-income, immigrant community members,” said Jennifer Sun and Thomas Yu, co-executive directors of Asian Americans for Equality. “We’re excited about this initiative, which will train students in our Youth & Family Program to assist seniors and family members in developing their digital skills. AAFE would like to thank Spectrum for supporting our community in Flushing.”
Spectrum Digital Education grants support organizations that help educate families and seniors on the benefits of broadband and how to use it to improve their lives. Through the $1 million effort, Spectrum will also provide PSAs, workshops and other technical assistance to local nonprofits.