The 2012 Digital Connectors launched this week, with a group of 16 fantastic youth who will be starting on a 9 month journey of technology learning and career development. The Digital Connectors program is a free after-school program that prepares students to be successful in the digital world of the 21st century. The program includes advanced technology classes, leadership development opportunities and community service projects.
“We are so proud of you and excited for all you will learn this year,” Executive Director Christine Marquez-Hudson told the Connectors. “You are an important part of the Mi Casa family.”
Sponsored by Comcast, the Digital Connectors is a national program for groups of young people, aged 14 to 21, from diverse, low-income backgrounds. Mi Casa’s program is one of many located throughout the country. The Connectors meet each week, as well as one Saturday per month, to learn important digital literacy skills. In addition, they perform 60 hours of community service to empower their community with the same digital literacy skills. In the program, students will learn to become a strong leader and professional, become Cisco authorized in preparation for the Comp TIA A+ Certificate, receive an EverFi Financial Literacy Certificate, and build a multi-media portfolio.
“You will be miles ahead of your classmates after completing this program,” Andrea Herrera Moreno, Assistant Manager of the Neighborhood Center at North High School, told the group.
At the kick-off event, the Connectors and their families learned about the expectations of the program, as well as the many benefits they will receive. Not only will they have strong experience for their resumes and college applications, they will also develop important leaderships skills and receive various technological tools, including a computer and camera.
“I am so excited to be working with this group over the next nine months and can’t wait for all that is in store for us,” said Alex Cisneros, coordinator and instructor of the program.
Good luck with your journey, Digital Connectors, and welcome to the Mi Casa family!