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Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County Awarded $28,980 Grant to Bridge “Digital Divide”

More than ever, Manatee Community Foundation continues to see the impact of the “digital divide” on our children. Students without access to broadband service, devices that connect to service, or training to use these devices fall behind their peers.

Imagine if your computer was so outdated it could not open programs or process information quickly. Now imagine you are a student trying to learn in today’s world.

Manatee Community Foundation’s Manatee County COVID-19 Community Response Fund recently awarded the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County with a $28,980 grant to replace 25 outdated computers in the Youth Learning Center and Teen Tech Lab at the Palmetto Club. This investment will help close the digital divide that has been widened by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Without fully functioning computer labs, the staff was unable to provide program activities that build the members’ digital skills needed for the 21st Century, including internet safety and proficiency in learning. Computer use in the Club is often preferred to the home, where students may need to compete with other household members for limited devices or may have limited internet minutes.

Manatee Community Foundation recognizes and appreciates The Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County for constantly providing for the changing needs of our children.

As the Club’s Development Director Michael Woods stated, Nelson Mandela said it best. “History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children.” Who believes that more than the great staff and board of youth serving nonprofits and local educators?