Chancellor Black, Deputy Mayor Walcott, Commissioner Post, Computers for Youth, Time Warner Cable and Other Partners Launch the NYC Connected Learning Initiative


On January 22, 2011, Schools Chancellor Cathleen P. Black, Deputy Mayor for Education Dennis M. Walcott, and Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) Commissioner Carole Post visited the David A. Boody School (IS 228) in Gravesend, Brooklyn, where students and their parents received free computers and discounted broadband access as part of a program that will benefit roughly 18,500 sixth grade students at 72 schools across the City. The NYC Connected Learning Initiative is funded by a $22 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act award from the US Department of Commerce.

Capalino’s client, Computers for Youth, is the lead recipient of the funding and lead partner in the initiative. With an additional $5.9 million from the City and a range of generous partners (including Capalino’s client, Time Warner Cable), the program will provide comprehensive training, curriculum and classroom technology support to all participating schools, helping teachers and school leaders to facilitate on-line learning at home and in school. Also joining the students and families at today’s family learning workshop were Deputy Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Anna M. Gomez, New York State Senator Marty Golden, New York City Council Members Gale A. Brewer and Domenic M. Recchia, Jr., and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.

Capalino assisted Computers for Youth in successfully advocating for and implementing this contract. Chief Operating Officer, Travis Terry, is an NYC-Board Member of Computers for Youth.

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