PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, Hispanic Federation and Comcast NBCUniversal Telemundo announced that it is expanding its partnership to advance digital equity and skills building within Latino communities across the country. Through a Comcast investment of $2.5 million over two years, Hispanic Federation will provide internet access and digital skills training to 10,000 Latino students and jobseekers, helping to increase career opportunities and grow economic mobility.
Comcast’s commitment, which will be fully allocated this fall to support 2024 programming, is a part of Project UP, the company’s billion-dollar initiative to advance digital equity. Last year, Comcast provided a grant toward the launch of Hispanic Federation’s Latino Digital Equity Centers Initiative and Digital Accelerator training program. Over the past year, more than 5,000 individuals have received digital skills training and nearly 2,000 have received either a salary increase or job placement as a result of the Digital Equity Centers.
Recognizing the critical role Latino-serving organizations provide in driving progress and results, Hispanic Federation will partner with 18 Latino-led and serving nonprofits in 17 cities to specifically support:
- Building digital skills tailored to meet the needs of local area employers;
- Job placement and career advancement;
- Technology and other career-focused certification; and
- Broadband adoption.
“Digital equity is the key to generational change and economic mobility,” said Dalila Wilson-Scott, Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Comcast Corporation & President, Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation. “Through our invaluable partnership with the Hispanic Federation we are able to accelerate impact and help open pathways to opportunity for all those in the Latino community which includes the next generation of innovators, entrepreneurs, storytellers, and creators.”
“We’re incredibly proud to expand our work with Comcast,” said Frankie Miranda, President and CEO of Hispanic Federation. “Comcast and Hispanic Federation have a shared commitment to bringing 21st century opportunities to Latino communities. By expanding our digital skilling work, we’re empowering Latinos with the skills they need to tackle the jobs of today and tomorrow, creating lasting impact across the country.”
Additionally, Hispanic Federation will initiate strategic engagement with elected officials to ensure Latino inclusion in the historic broadband deployment and adoption programs that will be undertaken by state and federal governments in 2023 and 2024. Launched last year, the Broadband, Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program allocated $42.45 billion to build out the infrastructure to connect all Americans to the internet. Through its Digital Equity campaign, Hispanic Federation will connect Latino-serving organizations to state and federal representatives who are responsible for allocating these funds in communities across the country. The effort will ensure that Latino-serving organizations have the opportunity to access these resources that will enable them to provide culturally and linguistically competent resources and training directly to the Latino community.
According to the National Skills Coalition, more than 90% of job postings today require a digital skill. Over the next decade, 50% of tasks across all industries are expected to go digital, eliminating as many as 39 million jobs. However, over half of Latino workers have either limited or no digital skills and are among the racial and ethnic groups least likely to have fixed broadband in their home.
The full list of grant recipients follows.
- Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans (AAMA), Houston, TX
- Allies in Caring, Hammonton, NJ
- Aspira PA, Philadelphia, PA
- Building One Community, Stamford, CT
- CASA , Bethesda, MD
- Centro Community Partners, Oakland, CA
- Comunidades Latinas Unidos en Servicios (CLUES), St Paul, MN
- Edu-Futuro, Alexandria, VA
- El Centro de la Raza, Seattle, WA
- El Concilio California, Stockton, CA
- Esperanza US, Philadelphia, PA
- Hispanic Center of Western Michigan, Grand Rapids, MI
- Instituto del Progreso Latino, Chicago, IL
- Latin American Association (LAA), Atlanta, GA
- Latin American Community Center, Wilmington, DE
- Monument Impact, Concord, CA
- San Juan Center, Hartford, CT
- Servicios de la Raza, Denver, CO
About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company. From the connectivity and platforms we provide, to the content and experiences we create, our businesses reach hundreds of millions of customers, viewers, and guests worldwide. We deliver world-class broadband, wireless, and video through Xfinity, Comcast Business, and Sky; produce, distribute, and stream leading entertainment, sports, and news through brands including NBC, Telemundo, Universal, Peacock, and Sky; and bring incredible theme parks and attractions to life through Universal Destinations & Experiences.
About Hispanic Federation
Hispanic Federation (HF) is a nonprofit membership and advocacy organization, founded in 1990, committed to empowering and advancing the Hispanic community, with a focus on low-income, marginalized and immigrant Latinos. With offices in New York, Connecticut, Washington, D.C, North Carolina, Florida, Illinois, Puerto Rico, and additional programs in 41 states, its program focus areas include immigration, economic empowerment, civic engagement, disaster relief, philanthropy, education, health, and the environment. HF also maintains ongoing public education campaigns and meets the organizational development needs of its member agencies through grant-making and capacity-building assistance.