11:47 AM, Mar 11, 2011
Through a partnership between Bright House Networks and Net Literacy, student volunteers of Net Literacy repurposed computers to be donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Zionsville, IN and the Boys & Girls Club of Lebanon, IN.
The first of these computers were donated on March 10th, continuing a commitment between Net Literacy and the Indiana Association of United Ways to repurpose over 500 computers that will be donated to United Way agencies throughout 2011. Last year, Net Literacy donated over 500 computers that helped 17 United Ways enable 85 of their agencies to build or expand computer labs, and increase computer access to approximately 12,000 individuals.
“This partnership is a perfect complement to United Way of Central Indiana’s education-focused initiatives, Ready To Learn/Ready To Earn”, said Jill Troha, Boone County Area Director for United Way of Central Indiana. “The goal of this United Way of Central Indiana mission is to support our communities in assuring that children enter school with the tools and skills needed to learn and graduate ready to earn in the workplace. Computers in easily accessible locations allow children to keep pace with use of technology which is a vital component in education today. We are thrilled that two United Way partner agencies will be receiving computers that will be freely available to Boone County children.”
Bright House Networks and Net Literacy joined forces in 2004 with a mission to increase computer access across Central Indiana and educate youth on the importance of Internet Safety. One of the most significant accomplishments of the partnership is the creation of a Bright House Networks – Net Literacy Internet safety public service awareness campaign that was scripted by and stars Net Literacy Student volunteers talking about tough Internet safety issues such as cyber bullying, sexting, social networks and many other tough issues youth face online.
“Bright House Networks is committed to giving back in every community we serve,” said Karen Broach, Regional Vice President of Operations for Bright House Networks. “Our partnership with Net Literacy allows us to provide free, critically needed computers to thousands of individuals and also reinforce our commitment to educating our youth about the importance of being safe online.”
“In 2004, Bright House Networks took a chance on a group of middle school students by being the first company to support our nonprofit, and they have once again proven themselves to be a company that gives back to the community that they serve,” said David Johnson, Student Chair of Net Literacy and a high school junior. “Bright House Networks’ support has made it possible for us to increase Internet safety through the production and carriage of Internet safety PSAs and we have donated over 5,000 computers directly as a result of Bright House Networks’ support and advocacy.”
Established in 2003, Net Literacy is a student-managed non-profit organization that promotes youth philanthropy through community outreach programs. Its mission is to increase computer access by creating public computer labs, teaching computer and Internet skills and educating youth and parents about Internet safety. Comprised of youth and adult board members, Net Literacy has established hundreds of computer labs to increase computer and Internet access to the underserved, including labs at community centers, HUD-subsidized Section 8 housing units, independent living facilities, senior centers, schools, churches and non-profit agencies.
For more about Net Literacy, visit www.netliteracy.org.
About Bright House Networks
Bright House Networks is the sixth largest owner and operator of cable systems in the U.S. and the second largest in Florida with technologically advanced systems located in five states including Florida, Alabama, Indiana, Michigan and California.
Bright House Networks serves more than 2.4 million customers who subscribe to one or more of its video, high-speed data and voice services. The company also offers a full suite of phone, Internet, Ethernet and cable television services to businesses of all sizes.
For more information about Bright House Networks or our products and services, visit brighthouse.com.
Brooke Krodel is for Bright House Networks.