August 15 , 2008
Congresswoman Velázquez Supports Technology Center Providing Computer Access for At-Risk Youth
NEW YORK, NY – Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-N.Y.) today joined leaders from the Grand Street Settlement at the 2nd Annual Lower East Side Youth Day. She announced federal support for an initiative aimed at providing at-risk teens with access to computers and technology. The U.S. Department of Justice will make funding available to ensure the continued success of the program, which serves nearly 2,000 youth and families each year.
“Teaching computer skills and giving access to emerging technology is a great way to keep young New Yorkers interested in learning and on the path toward a successful future,” Congresswoman Velázquez said. “The Grand Street Settlement offers positive choices for Lower East Side youth, helping them expand their skills and prepare for a better future.”
The federal funds will support Grand Street Settlement’s Computer Technology Center, which offers local residents access to computers and technology they may not otherwise have the chance to use. The Center provides computer literacy workshops, multimedia courses and access to cutting edge technology. The Settlement’s programs for at-risk youth, age 6 to 18, focus on leadership skills, academic achievement, self-esteem, cultural diversity, responsibility and goal setting.
“We are incredibly grateful to Congresswoman Velazquez for helping secure federal funds to go towards our Computer Technology Center. Grand Street Settlement is committed to preparing our youth to succeed in life, and our technology center gives them the resources they need for college and the job market. Not only does the Computer Technology Center provide these crucial skills, it is also a place with state-of-the-art technology that allows them to explore their creativity and expand their learning experiences,” said Pablo Tejada, Grand Street Settlement’s Assistant Executive Director, Youth & Community Development.
Since 1916, Grand Street Settlement has expanded opportunities for low-income families and individuals by providing culturally relevant services that support community building, advocacy, self-determination and an enriched quality of life. Every year the agency assists more than 10,000 Lower East Siders, from toddlers in Early Head Start to school-age youth, young adults and seniors. The Settlement’s summer camps are some of the last remaining free summer programs for young people in the City.