True Blue Neighbors, The University of Tulsa’s community service organization, is partnering with Cox Communications to launch a national pilot program centered on high-speed Internet access. The initiative will bridge the digital divide experienced by low-income families in the Tulsa area, especially those with school-aged children.
Branded True Blue Neighbors Connects, the program will provide free, in-home broadband Internet service and Chromebooks to 70 students at Kendall-Whittier Elementary.
A kick-off event for the program was held at Kendall-Whittier on Aug. 25 where guest speakers included Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Deborah Gist and Susan Neal, TU’s vice president for public affairs, research and development.
“Technology is an essential tool for learning, but the unique component of this program is how we support parent engagement in their students’ academic success,” Neal said. “We applaud the vision and generosity of Cox Communications to co-pilot this project and enhance the learning experience of students in the True Blue Neighbors after-school program at Kendall-Whittier Elementary.”
Participants of the True Blue Neighbors Connects program include students enrolled in the True Blue Neighbors Youth Mentoring Program, a federally funded 21st Century Community Learning Center at Kendall-Whittier Elementary. A total of 70 students were enrolled at the kick-off event.