Alvita Swain of Strive2Thrive on Partnering with AT&T to Close the Digital Divide in Albany

Tuesday, September 19th, 2023

Executive Director of Strive2Thrive Alvita Swain talks about their recent collaboration with AT&T to help provide laptops to families in need and working to close the digital divide in Albany.

What’s the news? Fifty refurbished laptops will be given to Albany students and families as part of AT&T’s nationwide commitment to help bridge the digital divide. The laptops, funded by an AT&T donation to Human I-T, will be given to Albany area residents in need. AT&T is working with Human I-T to provide individuals and families with Strive2Thrive with laptops and digital literacy resources to help them fully participate in our digital world.

Why is this important?

These efforts are part of the AT&T Connected Learning initiative, created as part of our companywide, $2 billion commitment from 2021- 2023, to help address the digital divide through internet accessibility, affordability and safe adoption.

Strive2Thrive empowers Albany families to overcome poverty and become productive and inclusive community members by providing coaching, training, and technical assistance. Through partnerships with community volunteers, organizations and local businesses, Strive2Thrive brings the community together to help families move from poverty to prosperity.

What are people saying?

“Strive2Thrive has been transforming the lives of Albany families for nearly fifteen years and this collaboration with AT&T and Human I-T to equip Albany students with digital devices is another way we can help create a pipeline of success for Albany families,” said Matt Reed, Owner and President of Georgia CEO.

“Closing the digital divide is a top priority in Southwest Georgia and throughout the state, and AT&T’s investment in the Albany community is helping us accomplish just that,” said Senator Freddie Powell Sims. “Through AT&T’s laptop donation, more Albany students and families will have access to essential technology and connectivity that will help them reach their full potential in the classroom and in life.”

“At Strive2Thrive, our mission is to provide the families we serve with the resources they need to overcome poverty and succeed,” said Alvita Swain, Executive Director of Strive2Thrive. “In today’s world, technology is essential in how we access virtual learning, apply for jobs and connect with others. We are grateful for AT&T’s donation of these laptops and the impact it will have on how our students and families connect to the future.”

“AT&T is committed to helping close the digital divide, and we are proud to invest in initiatives that help Albany area students and families connect to greater possibility,” said Colin Martin, Area Manager of External Affairs, AT&T Georgia. “This collaboration with Strive2Thrive and Human I-T is another example of how we are connecting Georgia communities and providing local students and families with the connectivity and digital resources they need to thrive.”

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