Through a partnership between the Best Buy Children’s Foundation and Net Literacy, more than $30,000 in computers will be donated to community organizations to establish computer labs, impacting up to 1,500 Indianapolis youths. Computers will be refurbished by Net Literacy’s Digital Literacy Corps of student volunteers. Students will learn job skills, life skills, and engage in service learning as they refurbish the computers.
“Best Buy is a socially responsible that believes in giving back to others,” says Executive Director Daniel Kent. “The Best Buy Children’s Foundation’s funding enables us to expand the number of computer labs throughout Indianapolis, adding to the more than 350 partner nonprofit locations and organizations that have received donations in Indianapolis. These computer labs allow students to complete their homework and community members to search for jobs, information, and resources. Best Buy is a model corporate citizen – we couldn’t be doing this without their advocacy and support.”
Net Literacy was founded in 2003 by middle school students. The board of directors of this all-volunteer nonprofit is 50% comprised of high school students. In addition to equipping computer labs in 350 Indianapolis locations, more than 9,500 computers have been donated the families of children without a computer at home working through Indianapolis schools. In 2010, Net Literacy’s programs were cited by the FCC in the National Broadband Plan presented to Congress. In October 2011, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski called for a Digital Literacy Corps, an initiative recommend by Net Literacy.
For more information about the Best Buy Children’s Foundation, visit http://www.bestbuy-communityrelations.com/our_foundation.htm