Atlanta’s Youth Just Got More Connected

AT&T Blog Team
June 15, 2022
Broadband Access and Affordability


Atlanta’s Youth Just Got More Connected

“Digital connectivity is essential to providing equity of opportunity, and the AT&T Connected Learning Center is a transformative step in closing the digital divide for Atlantans,” said Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens.

Most students look forward to the end of the school year with excitement and anticipation, but summertime also marks the end of access to school computers and internet connection. We know that connection is not the same in every household.

Providing young people with the space and tools to get online is a big part of1 our work to help bridge the digital divide. We are thrilled to be working with the City of Atlanta and the Atlanta Police Foundation to provide free internet access, computers and educational resources- all in one dedicated space called the AT&T Connected Learning Center.

“For our youth to be successful in a connected world, they must have access to technology and connectivity,” said Councilor Marci Collier Overstreet, Atlanta City Council, District 112. “The AT&T Connected Learning Center does just that. It’s an investment in our community and in the future of our youth.”

Learn more about the impact of the new AT&T Connected Learning Center at the Atlanta Police Foundation’s Andrew and Walter Young Family At-Promise Center in the video below.

 

This Connected Learning Center opened in April inside the Atlanta Police Foundation’s Andrew and Walter Young Family At-Promise Center in Southwest Atlanta.

The Atlanta Police Foundation and AT&T know that community is important when creating a safe place to live, work and play; it’s about building community through engagement and providing a secure environment where opportunities for advancements are possible.

Built on the campus of the local YMCA, the Andrew & Walter Young Family At-Promise Center was created to further expand the quantity and quality of programs offered for local youth. The addition of our Connected Learning Center provides youth and their families with year-round access to computers and internet for whatever they need to live, work or play.

And we’re not stopping there. This is the first of three Connected Learning Centers that AT&T will open in Atlanta. These efforts are part of AT&T’s $2 billion commitment from 2021-2023 to help bridge the digital divide through efforts that promote broadband affordability, accessibility and safe adoption.

By working together with local organizations like the Atlanta Police Foundation’s Andrew and Walter Young Family At-Promise Center, we can continue to help serve the next generation and create an equitable, prosperous future for all Atlantans.

“Through this collaboration with AT&T, the At-Promise Center now has a dedicated space where our Atlanta youth can access free internet connectivity, computers and educational resources to complete homework, apply for jobs, study for the GED and develop essential job skills. The Atlanta Police Foundation is committed to inspiring new pathways of success for Atlanta’s youth, and the AT&T Connected Learning Center will help them forge a path to achieve their fullest potential.”

Dave Wilkinson – President and CEO, Atlanta Police Foundation


1 DigitalBridgeK-12. Interactive Map: America’s Unconnected Students. https://digitalbridgek12.org/toolkit/assess-need/connectivity-map/

2 AT&T Connects. AT&T Opens Connected Learning Center in Atlanta to Help Bridge the Digital Divide. https://about.att.com/story/2022/connected-learning-center-atlanta.html