For Immediate Release:
December 5, 2013
Jacksonville, Florida – APEL Health Services Center, Inc. (APEL), was recently awarded a $5,000 technology grant from Best Buy Children’s Foundation. APEL, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, operating in Northeast Florida since 1999, is dedicated to health/wellness & disease prevention/ intervention.
The Best Buy grant is directed to local and regional nonprofit organizations that provide teens with places and opportunities to develop 21st century technology skills that will inspire future education and career choices.
“Our youth need digital literacy training and knowledge about accessing and safely utilizing new media. We know that technology drives progress and the more our youth know, the more successful they will be.” says Stokes.
Project YouthLink is APEL’s signature comprehensive youth oriented program designed to meet the needs of today’s youth. The grant will assist in providing online and on-site Digipreneur training to Teen Peer Educators (TPEs) and access to new media tools. APEL’s Project YouthLink is facilitated by TPEs and is overseen by trained and qualified adult staff, Ken Stokes, Executive Director and Stephanie Reese, YouthLink Program Coordinator.
APEL will administer the grant and Digipreneur trainers will facilitate digital training. Shannon-EL is a pioneer of innovative platforms and concepts with over 15 years of professional experience in business development and technology solutions. Upon completion of training the “Digipreneurs” will educate and tutor younger children in computer programming and digital literacy.
APEL has strong ties to the community and has established confidential and trusting relationships, gaining the respect of community leaders, officials, stakeholders and gatekeepers. These collaborations expose clients to culturally appropriate resources within their communities and meet multiple needs. APEL has served at least 9,000 Duval County residents.
“Digipreneurship is all about cultivating the best entrepreneur in every person. We are excited to introduce the curriculum to APEL to more fully engage young people in technology. We truly need more private-public partnerships that emphasize STEM education and career mentoring/training.”, says Shannon-EL, founder of Digipreneurship University.
For more information about signing up for participation, please call (904) 353-2514 or simply visit www.projectyouthlink.com.
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