Local Harlem-based Organization CLOTH Receives $25K Spectrum Grant

Spectrum today awarded the Community League of the Heights (CLOTH) a $25,000 grant as one of three local New York City recipients of its Spectrum Digital Education Grant program. CLOTH, based in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan, will use the new funding to purchase laptop equipment and fund technology workshops for its Community Health Academy of the Heights (CHAH).

CHAH is a public school serving grades 6 to 12 in Northern Manhattan that was founded by CLOTH in 2006.

Among those to celebrate the event were New York State Senator Robert Jackson, New York State Assembly Member Al Taylor, and representatives for U.S. Representative Adriano Espaillat and New York City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez.

CLOTH is a multi-service, community development organization dedicated to supporting and empowering the economically disadvantaged residents of the Washington Heights community. CLOTH’s holistic approach to community development provides a comprehensive framework of social and neighborhood services to stabilize and strengthen family life.

The Spectrum grant will support CHAH’s after-school Academic Support Academy for English Language Learners. The program serves students and their families who are new to the country to learn and adapt to the English language.

The funding will enable better technology access via 20 laptops and charging stations. In addition, 20 technology workshops will be added for parents of the English Learners program to learn the use of email and the Internet to communicate with teachers; access to CHAH’s online system to view grades and school work; and use of platforms that allow students and parents to contact teachers, collaborate, and assess student assignments.

The funding will enable better technology access via 20 laptops and charging stations. In addition, 20 technology workshops will be added for parents of the English Learners program to learn the use of email and the Internet to communicate with teachers; access to CHAH’s online system to view grades and school work; and use of platforms that allow students and parents to contact teachers, collaborate, and assess student assignments.

“Through the Spectrum Digital Education Grant program, we partner with leading community organizations to help bridge the divide and provide communities in need with the tools to grow and prosper in the digital age.”

“In our increasingly technology-driven world, the importance of digital education and access to digital resources cannot be overstated,” said Rodney Capel, vice president of government affairs for Spectrum’s New York City region. “Through the Spectrum Digital Education Grant program, we partner with leading community organizations to help bridge the divide and provide communities in need with the tools to grow and prosper in the digital age.”

“CLOTH continually seeks opportunities to support the work of our school, Community Health Academy of the Heights, to address the needs of our students and families,” said Yvonne Stennett, executive director at CLOTH. “Bridging the digital divide is a real challenge for our students and their families. This grant will provide them with access to technology and necessary training. We could not be more grateful to Spectrum.”

CLOTH and 22 other deserving nonprofit organizations – all in Spectrum markets across the country – were chosen from among more than 170 applicants.

CLOTH and 22 other deserving nonprofit organizations – all in Spectrum markets across the country – were chosen from among more than 170 applicants. Overall, the company has committed $1 million to provide digital education grants in the communities it serves.

Spectrum Digital Education grants support organizations that help educate families and seniors on the benefits of broadband and how to use it to improve their lives. Through the $1 million effort, Spectrum will also provide PSAs, workshops and other technical assistance to local nonprofits.

The latest news, resources, and information regarding Spectrum’s philanthropic initiatives and events, can be found at communityimpact.spectrum.com.

Spectrum is a suite of advanced broadband services offered by Charter Communications, a leading broadband communications company and the second largest cable operator in the United States. More information about Spectrum can be found at spectrum.com.

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