The My Brother’s Keeper Alliance recently announced the Connect Newark program, organized by My Brother’s Keeper Newark. The program, funded by Prudential and Sprint, is meant to help Newark youth and their families have increased access to the internet, which is ultimately intended to help connect them to educational and job opportunities in turn.
According to a statement, registered youth and their families recently attended a launch event at Newark City Hall where they received connected wireless devices and participated in a number of workshops. In order to remain eligible for the program and maintain access to wireless service, participants must either participate in a literacy program or in computer coding activities.
“Connect Newark provides Newark youth the opportunity to not only access the Internet, but also to sharpen skills that enhance their academic prospects and drive career readiness,” said My Brother’s Keeper Newark Director William Simpson, according to the statement. “Tying literacy and coding initiatives to this program typifies MBK Newark’s focus on providing holistic support structures for our youth.”
Prudential and Sprint, both founding partners of the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, have committed $14 million and $5 million respectively to the national program.
Newark is among more than 200 communities that accepted President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Challenge, whose overall goal is to bring business and nonprofit resources together to eliminate both the opportunity and achievement gaps for boys and young men of color.