While 155 kids were in class, their parents were busy with school work of their own at YPI’s San Fernando Institute for Applied Media (SFiAM). For three weeks, they participated in intense workshops where they learned to navigate the internet. At the culmination of the class, each parent took home a free, brand new iPad.
The program, School2Home, is offered by YPI through a partnership with the California Emerging Technology Fund that seeks to bridge the digital divide by providing access to technology that goes beyond the classroom.
“It is an excellent opportunity for us as parents to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to support our children academically,” said Luz Torres. “For most of us, purchasing an iPad is inconceivable which is why I am so grateful that a program like this exists.”
According to Diana Rodriguez, Educational Technology director at YPI, accessibility has always been a core part of YPI’s outreach. “Through technology we can empower vulnerable members of our community to grow and instill that desire for life-long learning,” she said.