The AT&T Foundation is contributing more than $40,000 to organizations in Camden focused on preparing local youth for college and careers.
Hopeworks received $25,750 to support the Cohen Technology Center, which provides broadband connectivity, community, and equipment for underserved youth to promote high wage remote jobs.
The Rowan University Foundation received $15,000 to support the Launch Pad at Camden program, which provides low-income students access to the internet and digital literacy training to promote college enrollment.
Camden Mayor Victor Carstarphen and Camden County Commissioner Director Louis Cappelli Jr. joined AT&T-New Jersey Interim President Joseph Divis, and representatives from Hopeworks and Rowan for an announcement on the donations on July 20.
“Ensuring that kids and young adults have the digital tools, access and opportunity is vital for us to take Camden to the next level. Both of the programs being funded today by the AT&T Foundation provide these critical initiatives which will have long-term impacts for many years to come for kids in the city,” said Cappelli in a prepared statement. “These are the types of collaborations that allow us to improve and enhance the outcomes for residents.”
AT&T is committing more than $2 billion over the next three years to bridge the digital divide through affordable broadband offers for both consumers and education institutions, as well as high quality educational resources and community investment through AT&T Connected Learning, which connects students to skills, resources, and opportunities for success in school and in life.