Austin non-profit receives $15,000 grant

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(ABC 6 News) – On Tuesday, local non-profit Austin Aspires received $15,000 in grant funding from the AT&T Foundation to support area students.

The money is going to the Aspires Leaders of Tomorrow (A.L.O.T.) program to provide education and resources to students and their families to overcome technological challenges at Austin High School.

“We’re really looking for ways to help build their digital literacy, while at the same time, we’re supporting their academic skills while at the same time supporting their personal growth skills,” says Austin Aspires Executive Director Jayne Gibson.

The program plans to use this money to provide students with more tools such as personal laptops and hot spots. They also wish to add more Digital Navigators, whose job is to help connect parents and students to online resources they need to be successful post-graduation.

Some of these resources include student portals, online college applications, and job applications.

“A lot of what I do is help parents navigate the different apps that students use, so it’ll help me able to have those conversations with parents. Maybe make videos, and have the students explain how those work to their parents,” explains Digital Navigator Jwokamer Debock.

Austin Aspires hopes to continue working with students and their families toward closing the digital divide.