Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Computers for Youth Awarded $7.6 Million in Broadband Stimulus for LA Schools 03/23/2010 San Francisco - The non-profit Computers For Youth (CFY) organization has received $7.615 million in federal broadband stimulus funds for a project to be managed with the Los Angles Unified School District (LASUD), and focused on school children in that city.
The award was announced by U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke on Friday March 19 in a statement that did not specify the dollar amount of LA project award, nor that for the New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DOITT), which was announced simultaneously.

CFY was the direct applicant for the Los Angles project under the Sustainable Broadband Adoption category of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP of the Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).  The organization had applied for a total of $9.917 million in Round I of the federal program, receiving the $7.615 figure. 

Computers for Youth (CFY) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, which began operations in 1999 in New York City, now has programs in Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and San Francisco serving over 4,400 families with school age children.  The organization is a recognized leader in computer literacy program development in technology undeserved communities. 

The project, called the CFY/LAUSD Family Broadband Engagement Program, has been nurtured within the sprawling school district by Dr. Themistocles 'Themey' Sparangis, Chief Technology Director for the District's Educational Technology division.
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