The South Robertson Neighborhoods Council (SORO NC) has announced the launch of the SORO Digital & Computer Literacy Program. Through a collaboration with Microsoft Store in Century City, The Robertson Branch Public Library of the Los Angeles Public Library, and SORO Community Foundation, SORO NC will be providing help to those in Los Angeles who have been left behind in the digital age.
“South Robertson was recently named one of LA’s Great Streets. This computer literacy program is part of the upward narrative of our Neighborhood; Bringing anyone who wants or needs these 21st century skills a free opportunity to learn,” said Beth Hirsch, SORO Neighborhoods Council Board Secretary and Chair of the Quality of Life Committee. “We are very excited to be working with the Microsoft Store in Century City and the Robertson Public Library on this program that we hope will help enrich our community.”
Beginning March 21st, 2017, the program will begin providing free and local access to basic and intermediate computer literacy courses. These courses will be open to anyone in the city of Los Angeles, and will be held at the Robertson Public Library, and the Microsoft Store at Century City.
“We cannot afford the digital divide to get any wider, which is why I’m pleased to partner with our community to bring digital literacy classes to Council District 10,” said Los Angeles City Council President Herb J. Wesson, Jr. “The South Robertson Neighborhoods Council has been a champion for our community and together we will continue advancing our neighborhoods.”
“Microsoft Store is committed to being part of the fabric of the communities in which it operates, from awarding technology grants to local community organizations to volunteering time,” said Karla Torres, Community Development Specialist at the Microsoft Store at Century City. “Microsoft Store hosts a variety of free programs year-round that empower individuals by providing direct access to technology and hands-on learning, such as the workshops we will be having for the community members of the South Robertson Neighborhoods Council.”
Use of computers and the internet are now an integral part of all daily life; necessary for everything from employment and education, to basic social interaction. The United States Department of Commerce has stated that nearly 30% of Americans do not use the internet at all; showing that many may have fallen behind and possibly many more may not be proficient enough to compete in today’s job market.
In order to help address this issue head on, SORO NC, along with its launch partners, will begin outreach within the South Robertson neighborhood as well as nearby communities. They will also be communicating with city and private organizations who are in daily contact with those who may need these skills the most.
A kick off reception for the program will take place on March 19th, 2017 from 1:30 – 2:30 pm at the Robertson Public Library Community Room located at 1719 Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035. Council President Herb Wesson’s office, Councilman Paul Koretz of CD -5’s office and Daniel Tamm from Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office will participate. Following the reception, Microsoft service advisors will hold a special Internet Safety Workshop with Mini Computer Clinic for the public from 2:30 – 4:30pm.
About SORO NC
The South Robertson Neighborhoods Council (SORO NC) is chartered and funded by the City of Los Angeles to promote citizen participation in government at a grassroots level. SORO NC is here to give a voice in the issues, decisions and programs that affect our lives; provide a direct line of communication to the City to help address our unique needs; and build a stronger community, one step at a time. If you would like more information about this topic, please contact The South Robertson Neighborhoods Council (SORO NC) at 310-295-9920 or email at email@example.com.
SOURCE: South Robertson Neighborhoods Council
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