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“ConnectKentucky to receive $175,000 in funds from AT&T, the Metro Council and Hilliard Lyons to bridge the digital divide”

Thursday October 25, 2007

Louisville Metro Council
Media Advisory
For Immediate Release                                                       
Media Contact:      
Stephen Haag, Jr.  
574-1204 / 645-1752
Tony Hyatt
574-4137/ 526-3622

LOUISVILLE, KY – Members of the Louisville Metro Council, AT&T and Hilliard Lyons held a press conference at the Lac Viet Academy to announce the awarding of $175,000 in funds to ConnectKentucky’s No Child Left Offline Project. The allocated funds will be used to install or upgrade computers used by students at locally operated non-profit centers.

The funding will go towards the installation of computers at sites in Louisville Metro and marks the first local partnership in Jefferson County. No Child Left Offline (NCLO)is the most innovative and comprehensive initiative of its kind in the United States.  NCLO was developed to help underprivileged students and their families, as well as other disadvantaged populations, overcome the obstacles associated with the digital divide.  NCLO has successfully placed nearly 2,000 computers in the hands of disadvantaged individuals since its inception in 2005.    

"This partnership between AT&T, the Louisville Metro Council, Hilliard Lyons and ConnectKentucky is bringing No Child Left Offline to an urban center for the first time," stated Andrew V. McNeill, Vice President for Program Development of ConnectKentucky. "The digital divide is as much of a concern in our cities as it is in rural America and NCLO is designed to meet both of those challenges."

"AT&T is committed to providing opportunities for all students to take advantage of the vast resources of the Internet and to experience technology first-hand," said Joan Coleman, President of AT&T Kentucky. "Education is our top priority, and private-public partnerships like this provide hands-on learning opportunities that meet a need in our community and get our students excited about learning."

"The Louisville Metro Council and good corporate citizens AT&T and Hilliard Lyons are working together with Connect Kentucky to help our community bridge the digital divide. Our contributions will improve computer access to some of our city’s poorest neighborhoods, giving children access to the internet and its many educational resources," said Ken Fleming, Councilman (R) 7

“I am happy to take part in this education program,” says Councilman Dan Johnson (D) 21. “It is important that these centers be able to keep up with changes in technology so that those who are learning can keep up as well.”

SUMMARY OF FUNDING SOURCES AND LOCATIONS TO BE SERVED:

Sources of Funding for No Child Left Offline: $175,000

AT&T Charitable Foundation: $150,000 (over two years)

Hilliard Lyons: $5,000

Louisville Metro Council: $20,000

$12,000 Contributed by Councilman Ken Fleming (District 7),

$2,500 by Councilman Downard (District 16)

$2,000 by Councilman Dan Johnson (District 21)

$1,500 by Councilwoman Tina Ward Pugh (District 9)

$1,000 each by Councilmen Kevin Kramer (District 11) Robin Engel (District 22)

Seven agencies have been identified by ConnectKentucky.

Lac Viet Academy is a non-profit after-school and summer instructional program serving immigrant children and their families in the South End of Louisville.  They currently accommodate 60-80 children each day using only 10 computers.
Berrytown Family YMCA opened in November of 2002 as a partnership between Jefferson County Government, the YMCA of Greater Louisville and the Berrytown Community. Serving children and adults in the community, they currently have only three computers with Internet access and are in need of more since less than 1% of the population they serve has home computers. 

Americana Community Center seeks to provide a spectrum of services for the many diverse residents of Metro Louisville. The Center provides an array of social services and referrals explicitly designed to respond to the specific and changing needs of their clients. Their after-school program serves an immigrant population that represents 40 different countries and 29 languages.

Portland Neighborhood House provides programs and services for all ages, focusing on educational enhancement, civic responsibilities, cultural enrichment health promotions, social skills development, employment opportunity and training.  The minimum number of students a day is 50.

LCCC, Inc. offers a variety of programs and services in support of children and families. Child and youth development, arts education and other after school programs.
Salvation Army South/Boys and Girls Club serves as an after-school program with at least 50 kids.  They help with homework during "power hour" and are also considered a No Child Left Behind supplemental program. 

West End School is a Boarding School for students from severely distressed backgrounds. They currently have 8 students but will be expanding to 35 students next year.

For more information on the mission of ConnectKentucky and the AT&T Foundation please visit:

ConnectKentucky

www.connectkentucky.org

Melissa Klink, Public Affairs Specialist

(502) 875-7501 / (502) 593-8603

AT&T Foundation

www.att.com

Nancy Jarett, Public Affairs Manager

582-1572  or nancy.jarett@att.com

Sponsor(s):
Councilman Ken Fleming (R) 7
Councilwoman Tina Ward Pugh (D) 9
Councilmen Kevin Kramer (District 11)
Councilman Kelly Downard (R) 16
Councilman Dan Johnson (D) 21
Councilman Robin Engel (District 22)