A Gift of Technology Opens Doors at the YMCA of Greater Houston

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New Mobile Computer Lab provides Web access to children, parents


May 10, 2017

Comcast has partnered with the YMCA of Greater Houston to open a new mobile computer lab dedicated to providing technology and Internet access at various YMCA sites that offer after-school activities to students and their parents. The lab will celebrate its grand opening at the YMCA's International Services location on Wednesday, March 22 at 10 a.m. The mobile lab will travel to several locations, providing access to technology to families through the YMCA, including the Willow Creek Community Center, 7575 Office City Dr., the Denver Harbor Community Center, 6402 Market St., Clayton Homes Apartment Community Center, 1919 Runnels St., and the Kelly Village Apartment Community Center, 3118 Green St. "We are very grateful for this partnership with Comcast, as it enables the Y to bring laptops to students and their parents who otherwise would not have regular access to this technology," said Paul McEntire, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Houston. "This mobile computer lab will allow children in our after-school programs to complete homework assignments and do research related to their studies. It will also be available to their parents for preparing resumes, searching for jobs and finding the necessary resources for caring for their families." Comcast and YMCA of the USA recently announced a comprehensive $15.3 million partnership that combines the Y's commitment to strengthening communities and improving the lives of children and families and the transformative potential of Comcast's Internet Essentials, the nation's largest and most comprehensive internet adoption program, to help prepare the next generation for the future. The multi-year partnership is anchored by Comcast's commitment to increasing the public's understanding of the important and impactful work of the Y in communities through the visibility of the Y's For a better us? English and Spanish PSAs. Additionally, Comcast provided grants to further support digital literacy and academic achievement programs at Ys nationwide. To mark the recent partnership launch, Comcast is donating a total of $50,000 to five Ys around the country including the YMCA of Greater Houston. "Internet Essentials is designed to help level the playing field for low-income families by providing the opportunity to apply for low-cost home internet, one of the most important resources in today's digital world," said Ralph Martinez, Senior Vice President for Comcast's Houston Region. "We are proud to work together with the YMCA in the communities we mutually serve and help connect even more people to the resources they need to achieve their dreams."

Produced by: Houston Newsmakers Team
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