|[October 11, 2013]
ASPIRA's Charter School in South Miami-Dade Provides 250 Comcast Internet Essentials Opportunity Cards to Its Students
HOMESTEAD, Fla. --(Business Wire)--
in partnership with Comcast (News - Alert), celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month today
with a very special gift to the students at The ASPIRA South Youth
Leadership Charter School near Homestead: the gift of knowledge in the
form of free Internet access for a year through Comcast's
Internet Essentials program.
is dedicated to the development of Latino and other minority youth who
want to excel academically and become leaders in the community. The
ASPIRA South Youth Leadership Charter School is a middle school (grades
6-8) located in the multi-ethnic community of Leisure City, Florida,
near Homestead. Students from this predominantly low-income community
include a large migrant population. Ninety-four percent of students at
the middle school receive free or reduced-price lunch, and a majority of
them speak a language other than English in their homes.
With the assistance of Firstbank Florida, which provided funding for
this effort, ASPIRA is providing 250 Internet
Essentials Opportunity Cards to eligible students, enabling them and
their families to access the Internet at home free for one year. The Comcast
Internet Essentials program is the nation's largest and most
comprehensive broadband adoption initiative for low-income families. Internet
Essentials works by providing low-cost boadband service for $9.95;
an option to purchase a computer for less than $150 and access to free
digital literacy training to households that have at least one child
eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program.
"Technology is radically changing the way our children are learning and
we need to give them access to information if we hope to bridge this
digital divide," said ASPIRA CEO George Carbrera. "Getting our students
connected is just the first step and we hope this opens up many new
doors of opportunity for them and their families."
This is the third year of Comcast's Internet Essentials program and it
continues to make progress in narrowing the digital divide. In fact,
through Internet Essentials more than 220,000 families, benefitting an
estimated 900,000 low-income Americans nationwide, now have a broadband
connection at home. This includes nearly 18,700 families in the South
Florida area and nearly 30,000 in the state of Florida.
"We applaud ASPIRA for taking the initiative and using the new
opportunity cards to benefit its students," said Comcast's Regional Vice
President of Government Affairs and Community Investment in Florida,
Derek Cooper. "This is a very generous gesture that will benefit all of
ASPIRA's students. The computer screen is becoming the new blackboard,
so the more technology these students have at their disposal, the
greater potential they have to excel."
The momentum surrounding Internet Essentials continues to increase.
Since the program's launch in August 2011, Internet Essentials has
enrolled upwards of 50,000 new families every six months. In the first
six months of 2013, 70,000 new families have signed up.
For more information about Internet Essentials visit www.InternetEssentials.com
for English and www.InternetBasico.com
for Spanish. Educators or third-parties interested in helping to spread
the word can find more information at InternetEssentials.com/partner.
Parents looking to enroll in the program can call 1-855-846-8376 or, for
About Internet Essentials:
Internet Essentials from Comcast is the nation's largest and most
comprehensive broadband adoption program. It provides low-cost broadband
service for $9.95 a month plus tax; the option to purchase an
Internet-ready computer for under $150; and multiple options to access
free digital literacy training in print, online, and in-person. A
household is eligible to participate if it has at least one child
eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), is
located where Comcast offers Internet service, has not subscribed to
Comcast Internet service within the last 90 days, and does not have an
overdue Comcast bill or unreturned equipment. Families that enroll in
the program can continue to enjoy the service as long as one child
eligible to participate in the NSLP is living in the household.
About Comcast Corporation:
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and
technology company with two primary businesses, Comcast Cable and
NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is the nation's largest video, high-speed
Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY
brand and also provides these services to businesses. NBCUniversal
operates 30 news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and
Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations,
television station groups, Universal Pictures and Universal Parks and
Resorts. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com
for more information.
ASPIRA is a nationally respected non-profit community-based organization
founded in 1961 in New York. Established in Florida in 1981 by a group
of professionals who recognized the vital role that education plays in
the economic, social and political advancement of minority communities
in the United States, it has an exceptional track record of positive
youth development. The overall purpose of ASPIRA of Florida, Inc. is to
foster the social advancement of minority groups, by empowering their
youth in the pursuit of educational excellence, through leadership
development projects that emphasize commitment to the community. While
originally organized to assist disadvantaged Latino youth, ASPIRA
currently serves a multicultural group of young people who want to excel
and become contributing members of the community. To read more about
ASPIRA of Florida, Inc., visit www.aspirafl.org.
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