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DECATUR, Ill. (WAND) — The Boys & Girls Club of Decatur announced that it has received thousands of dollars in grants to support digital skills training.

The grant was provided by Comcast, according to the organization. The $40,000 Lift Zone Opportunity Fund grant will support digital skills training in the organization’s Lift Zone, which Comcast opened onsite in March 2021.

Living Zones are secure Wi-Fi connected spaces where students can log in to do their homework and adults can log in to learn new digital skills and access a range of services.

“BGCD’s mission is to ‘enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens,’ said Shamika Madison, CEO and Director executive of the BGCD. “What better way to help our members be productive than by giving them access to the internet and technology and teaching them how to use them to help them succeed in today’s digital world?” I cannot thank Comcast enough for the grant and for understanding and helping us fulfill our mission.

The BGCD lift zone is one of more than 1,000 lift zones across the country, nearly 80 in this region alone. The living areas are a low-cost Internet adoption program for low-income families, which has helped more than 10 million people in America – 1.3 million in Illinois – connect to the Internet at home since its launch in 2011.

“Through Internet Essentials, Comcast has helped hundreds of thousands of Illinois homes bridge the digital divide,” said John Crowley, senior vice president, Greater Chicago Area, Comcast. “I’m proud that Comcast recognized the impact of the digital divide early on, stepped up, and now continues to deliver solutions that reinforce our commitment to organizations like the Boys & Girls Club of Decatur and the young people the organization serves through the creation of Lift Zones.

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