IDG’s Computerworld Honors Program has named the Youth Policy Institute (YPI) as a 2013 Laureate. The annual award program honors visionary applications of information technology promoting positive social, economic and educational change.
YPI was selected as an honoree because of its efforts opening 80 computer labs in Los Angeles targeting neighborhoods with the least access to broadband. More than 22,500 users access the public computer centers and free tech classes every week.
“Access to technology and broadband is a critical piece in transforming communities,” said Dixon Slingerland, YPI executive director. “It is an honor to be recognized among the world’s leading IT organizations for our work.”
YPI is included in both the human services and innovation categories and was selected among 700 nominations from 29 countries. YPI will receive its award at a gala in Washington, D.C. this summer.