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Teens Become Technology Ambassadors Through Comcast, Carolina Youth Development Center
6/19/2013 12:47:00 PM

left to right: Digital Connectors instructor Rhiannon Rainsford, program graduates Jordan Sery, Sydney Memminger, Paris Hall, Deja Harper, KeAndre Brown and Jaxirit Tapia-Jimenez, and Comcast Senior Manager of Government & Regulatory Affairs Shannon Dulin.

Carolina Youth Development Center is proud to announce the graduation of its third class of Comcast Digital Connectors on June 11, at Cummins Turbo Technologies’ plant facility. A group of 10 teens spent the last nine months becoming "technology ambassadors" for the community. They've learned valuable skills in leadership development, digital literacy, financial literacy and media literacy. Each youth will receive an EverFi certificate making this group of young people "job ready" for the 21st century. 

Comcast Digital Connectors seeks students ages 14 to 21 who might not otherwise have access to services that will prepare them for the 21st century workforce. Thanks to support from Comcast the program is free for youth and those who complete the program receive not only job training, but also a Netbook. Completing the program is challenging and comes with additional responsibilities. A major program requirement is for participants to give back to their community by training family members and residents on how to use technology effectively. 

"You can land a good job using digital literacy skills,” said KeAndre Brown, a senior at Greg Mathis Charter High School. “Success is just a matter of putting your mind to the task and completing it. This program has helped me with my career goals, because at first I was undecided, but now I'm thinking about pursing a career as a computer technician."

“Our partnership with Comcast is critical to reaching these young people,” said Carolina Youth Development Center’s CEO, Barbara Kelley Duncan. “Not only do our young people have the opportunity to expand their knowledge of technology, but they also have the opportunity to give back to their communities. This year we worked with the food bank. Also, historically, Carolina Youth Development Center has been a residential program. Digital Connectors provided us with the opportunity to expand our audience with disconnected youth.” 

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