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Blog // Connected Tennessee

Connected Tennessee's Computers 4 Kids Program Successfully Launches with Events in Jackson, Nashville

By CTN Staff

Connected Tennessee's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act-funded "Preparing Tennessee's Next Generation for Success" program successfully launched last week in Jackson, followed by another event in Nashville on Monday - totaling nearly 400 computers awarded to Boys & Girls Clubs across the state in less than two weeks.

Fifty new computers were donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Jackson-Madison County on May 18th. City of Jackson Mayor Jerry Gist, in attendance at the launch, remarked that the impact of the computers on the communities of Jackson and Madison County would be significant.
“Computer skills are vital in today’s global economy, and computers today are the highways to the future for our children,” said Gist. “We are thrilled to welcome this exciting program to Jackson and we know that this donation marks an exciting new chapter for our city in providing these deserving youth with the ability to further develop their technology skills.” 
On May 23rd, C4K awarded the Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee with more than 150 computers. 
State Senator Bill Ketron, a supporter of the Computers 4 Kids program since its inception more than three years ago, sent the program his well wishes.
“Over the past three years, Connected Tennessee’s Computers 4 Kids program has changed the lives of children across Tennessee with the gift of technology,” stated Ketron. “This program has made great strides in closing the digital divide in Tennessee by putting computers into the hands of those citizens that need them the most, and the ‘Preparing Tennessee’s Next Generation for Success’ project is going to impact nearly 60,000 more deserving youth. Today I congratulate the Computers 4 Kids program for launching this new phase of the program and I wish Connected Tennessee much continued success in the future.”
The “Preparing Tennessee’s Next Generation for Success” project is a result of a $2.3 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant awarded to the C4K program in August 2010 by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). BTOP provides grants to support the deployment of broadband infrastructure, enhance and expand public computer centers, and encourage sustainable adoption of broadband service. The project deploys computers, academic support programs, and workforce training to two disparate, but especially at-risk, populations: those in the state's foster care system who are "aging out" as they turn 18, and youth who are active in the state’s 76 Boys & Girls Clubs.
Both events were part of a series of celebration events that will take place across the state throughout the summer. To date, the Computers 4 Kids program has distributed more than 2,000 computers statewide.



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