Tech fund hopes to close digital divide among students in NYC

Posted at 8:15 AM, Jul 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-28 08:32:11-04

NEW YORK — The COVID-19 crisis put students with limited access to computers at a serious disadvantage. Now, there’s a program that’s trying to close the digital divide, especially in New York’s low-income neighborhoods.

Josue De Paz created the First Tech Fund as a way for these students.

First Tech Fund, a 501c3 nonprofit focused on closing the digital divide in NYC, will provide at least 50 NYC high school students from low income and underserved backgrounds with a personal computer, a Wi-Fi stipend and hotspot, and the opportunity to be mentored by young professionals from companies like Twitter, YouTube, and more.

The free program will provide skills training and career panels to help the fellows explore and plan out their future careers.

Students in grades 9 through 12 who do not own a personal computer and live in the five boroughs are eligible to apply, regardless of immigration status.

The application deadline is on Aug. 3.

For more information and to apply, click here.

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First Tech Fund Inc.
221 West 37th Street FL 6
New York, NY 10018