July 25, 2016
ORLANDO, Fla.—Today at the 2016 NCLR Annual Conference, NCLR (National Council of La Raza) and Comcast announced the first cohort of Comcast Digital Innovation grantees. For 10 years, grants have supported both existing and new initiatives that help Latinos improve their lives through the use of technology.
This year, 12 NCLR Affiliates were selected for their work in three areas: education and workforce, immigration services, and civic engagement. The organizations are Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha, Building Skills Partnership, Centro Campesino Farmworker Center, Connect Familias, ConXion, East Boston Ecumenical Community Council, Erie Neighborhood House, Hispanic Unity of Florida, Instituto del Progreso, Mission Asset Fund, Poder, and Sociedad Latina. Each of these organizations has demonstrated a deep commitment to expanding digital literacy and closing the digital divide in the Latino community.
“We are proud of our partnership with Comcast and look forward to continuing to work together to enhance the capacity of our Affiliates to respond to new and evolving challenges—empowering them to advocate for local Latino communities,” said Janet Murguía, President and CEO, NCLR.
Thanks to these grants, Mission Asset Fund, headquartered in San Francisco, launched a beta version of a mobile app that expands their offerings of Lending Circles for immigration services. While San Jose-based ConXion created an initiative in which students of the ConXion Comcast Digital Connectors program offer technical assistance to adult business owners. Also in San Jose, the Building Skills Partnership now offers blended learning instruction in its vocational classes, as well as courses on digital literacy for adult learners.
“Since 2011, Comcast Internet Essentials has connected more than 2.4 million low-income Americans to the Internet at home, about half of whom are Hispanic. As we work to bring more Hispanic families across the digital divide, we have learned that the success of our program is built on a foundation of local partnerships, including with NCLR Affiliates across the country,” said David L. Cohen, Comcast Corporation Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer. “Comcast is proud to announce these 12 grants to NCLR Affiliates that will deepen digital literacy training, extending connectivity, and innovation to communities that need it the most.”
NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. For more information on NCLR, please visit www.nclr.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.