Cox Communications was at the Southside Boys and Girls Clubs Monday to kick off the summer camp season with a special surprise. Thanks to Cox and The James M. Cox Foundation, the Club received a Technology Center makeover at the Berkley Unit in Norfolk.
The donation is part of a $150,000 grant Cox Communications and The James M. Cox Foundation provided to create six new Cox Technology Centers across the nation. The technology centers are the centerpiece of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America My.Future Essentials program, which provides students access to curriculum to advance their computer literacy skills. These technology centers also help bridge the digital divide for children who have no access to a computer or Internet connection at home.
“Cox is dedicated to the Norfolk community and to providing youth access to technology and best practices for staying safe online,” said J.D. Myers, II, senior vice president and region manager for Cox Communications Virginia.
“To be productive citizens in the 21st century, young people need digital access for professional and academic success,” said Gregg Shivers, chief executive office for Southside Boys and Girls Clubs. “More than 75 percent of colleges take their applications online, and nearly all Fortune 500 companies post new jobs through their websites. We are thankful for Cox Communications’ continued generosity to provide Club kids with Internet access and other advanced technology.”
Valued at $25,000, the Southside Boys & Girls Club Technology Center includes state-of-the-art computers, tablets, a media making lab, new desk chairs and proprietary Microsoft and Club Tech software. Through the Club Tech suite of programs, kids learn the basics of business software, plus stay safe online and move on to advanced hardware and networking skills. In addition, Cox provides high speed Internet access at no cost to the Club.
Cox is also working to bridge the digital divide for low-income families through Connect2Compete, a program that offers discounted Internet service to families with children who qualify for the National Free School Lunch program. In addition to offering Cox High Speed Internet service to eligible families for the significantly reduced fee, Cox includes free installation and modem rental.
The James M. Cox Foundation supports organizations in locations where Cox Enterprises and its subsidiaries operate. The company’s major subsidiaries are Cox Communications, Cox Automotive and Cox Media Group. Cox Enterprises’ national consumer brands are AutoTrader.com, Kelley Blue Book, Savings.com and Valpak.
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