L.A. Celebrates Launch of "Everyone On" Campaign To Close the Digital Divide

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WHAT: L.A.and national organizations announce a new program to deliver affordable high-speed Internet, computers and access to free digital skills training and resources, building on a partnership that is already helping over 23,000 Angelenos each week at 80 computer labs in high-poverty L.A. communities.

WHY: Today over 80% of Fortune 500 companies, including Costco, Target and Wal-Mart, require online job applications, and in the next decade, it is estimated that nearly 80% of jobs will require digital skills—but 62 million Americans do not use the Internet.

WHEN: 10:30 AM
Thursday, March 21, 2013

WHERE: Hollywood FamilySource Center
1075 North Western Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038

WHO: Zach Leverenz, CEO, Connect2Compete
Stephen Stokols, CEO, FreedomPop
Sunne Wright McPeak, President and CEO, California EmergingTechnologyFund (CETF)
Steve Zimmer, Los Angeles Unified School District Board Member
Iris Zuñiga, COO, Youth Policy Institute (YPI)
L.A. students and parents who are taking steps to build their digitalliteracy skills.

VISUALS: Digital Literacy Classes, Mobile Computer Lab

Media Contact: Marie Condron, (213)925-9605 mcondron@hersheycause.com

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About Youth Policy Institute

The Youth Policy Institute (YPI) is a non-profit organization developed from the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Fund in 1983 to provide education, training and technology services that lift families out of poverty. Since 2001, YPI has served families in the City of Los Angeles through 125 program sites that offer place-based education and training services via afterschool programs, charter and pilot schools, job training, summer jobs for youth, physical education, adult education, computer literacy, case management, parenting, tutoring and college preparation.  Each year, YPI programs serve more than 50,000 youth and adults in Los Angeles. For more information, please visit http://ypiusa.nationbuilder.com/

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