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Posted on: November 27, 2018

Spectrum, City Promote Digital Literacy with Coding for Change Event on Thursday, November 29

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More than two dozen low-income families and teens will learn valuable digital-literacy skills to help them succeed in today’s digital economy during a Coding for Change event on Thursday, Nov. 29, presented by Spectrum, the City of Portland, the Portland Housing Authority and Goodwill Northern New England.

Coding for Change is a computer-literacy program put on by EveryoneOn.org, a national non-profit organization that seeks to create social and economic opportunity by connecting everyone to the internet. During the event, 25 participating Portland Housing Authority families and teen-agers will be provided with a free KANO computer kit and receive basic coding training and digital literacy skills from an EveryoneOn.org instructor to enhance their computer knowledge. The event will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Goodwill Northern New England, 75 Washington St., Portland.

As part of the event, Spectrum will make a $2,500 donation to Goodwill, to support the organization’s commitment to eliminating barriers to opportunity, and raffle off two Chromebooks to participating Portland Housing Authority families. Information will also be available on Spectrum Internet Assist, the company’s low-cost broadband option for qualified seniors and families.

“Spectrum believes everyone should have access to reliable, high-speed internet,” said Camille Joseph-Goodman, Regional Vice President of Government Affairs for Spectrum. “By offering low-cost broadband to families and seniors, Spectrum is working to ensure more Americans have access to the tools they need to participate fully in today’s digital economy.”

“Here in City Hall, we’re working hard to make our community an innovation hub, a place where data and technology are used to improve people’s lives and make interactions with city government more efficient,” said City Manager Jon Jennings. “In order to truly be a connected city, we need to make sure that all residents have opportunities to access the internet and digital literacy skills. I’d like to thank everyone involved for making this event possible.” 

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