Officials in Albany this morning announced nearly a half-million dollars in funding to support digital literacy efforts and provide more young people with internet access.
Appearing at the Albany Housing Authority’s Capital South Campus Center, officials announced funding that will support three Capital Region non-profits in their efforts to bridge the so-called digital divide.
The more than $400,000 in funding comes from philanthropic organization Schmidt Futures and was awarded through the New York Digital Inclusion Fund.
The largest grant, $250,000 will go to CanCode Communities. Founded as Albany CanCode in 2016, the program gives young people – many in disadvantaged communities – training in computer coding.
The grant money will be used to expand CanCode programs into the Mohawk Valley, Western New York, and New York City.
Annmarie Lanesey, Founder and CEO of CanCode Communities, says more than 400 people have gone through the organization’s programs since 2016.