On Friday, May 23, ACCESS hosted a graduation ceremony for 22 students enrolled in its Comcast Digital Connectors program. The program focuses on digital literacy among youth, where students become proficient in basic computer skills, applications and use of the Internet. The program engages teens and young adults, ages 14-21, in leadership development, digital education, life skills management and community service.
Fredrick G. Eaton, Comcast senior manager of external affairs, attended the event and awarded the students with certificates of completion along with new Gateway laptop computers.
By learning and involving themselves in their respective communities, taking field trips and attending workshops with emerging leaders, youth are able to hone their technical competencies and grasp lifelong principles that inspire educational advancement and workforce preparation. Participants in the program also commit to provide 56 hours of community service during the school year at community-based organizations, senior centers, churches and local schools.
“We are extremely proud of our Comcast Digital Connectors graduates,” said Sarah Shoucair-Chaar, supervisor of academic and youth development programs at ACCESS. “Not only did they exceed their goals for the course, which were quite demanding, but many students also expressed that one of the major highlights was being able to make lasting friendships with their fellow students and mentors throughout the program.”
This year’s class is the fifth to graduate from the program, which is run by the ACCESS Youth and Education Department.