CLEVELAND, Oct. 27, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- JumpStart and
Verizon will officially open two digital learning centers in early
2022, providing community members—from youth to adults—with digital
skills and entrepreneurship training. The centers, managed by
Jumpstart, will be located within existing community-based
facilities in the Clark-Fulton
and Union-Miles neighborhoods of
The program will provide K-12 students with STEM education,
adults with digital literacy training, and both high school
students and adults with workforce development and entrepreneurship
learning opportunities. These centers are part of the Verizon
Community Forward initiative announced in August 2021, which aims to reinvigorate community
spaces in cities across the country, providing residents with free
access to resources and digital skills training. Cleveland was selected as one of four pilot
cities for the program.
"JumpStart is thrilled to partner with the Cleveland Public
Library and City of Cleveland to
bring these innovative learning centers to Cleveland," said Daniela Tejada, Principal, JumpStart Learning
Centers. "We are working diligently with these partners and many
others to bring state-of-the-art career and entrepreneurship
training to individuals, benefiting our entire community through
digital literacy and workforce readiness."
Construction is already underway on the Clark-Fulton Learning
Center, located in the Fulton
Branch of Cleveland Public Library at 3545 Fulton Rd. The center is
scheduled to open in January 2022.
The Union-Miles Learning Center will launch in spring 2022 at the
Earl B. Turner Recreation Center at 11300 Miles Ave.
"Now more than ever, it's imperative that under-resourced
communities have the skills and access to technology they need to
be prepared for today's digital workforce," said Jessica Cohen, Director of Community Engagement,
Verizon. "Together with Jumpstart, our nonprofit partner, Verizon
is deepening its investment in Cleveland by creating physical spaces which
offer members of the community access to STEM education, workforce
development, and digital literacy with the goal to help prepare
youth up to adults for jobs of the future."
STEM-inspired skill-based learning through initiatives such as
Verizon Community Forward is a proven driver of economic
empowerment and is central to Citizen Verizon, Verizon's
responsible business plan for economic, environmental and social
advancement. Launched in 2020 to move the world forward for all,
Citizen Verizon leverages technology, innovation and resources to
address the world's most pressing issues across digital inclusion,
climate protection and human prosperity. As part of Citizen
Verizon, the company's total 2020-2025 responsible-business
investment is slated to exceed $3
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE,
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2000 and is one of the world's leading providers of
technology, communications, information and entertainment products
and services. Headquartered in New York
City and with a presence around the world, Verizon generated
revenues of $128.3 billion in 2020.
The company offers data, video and voice services and solutions on
its award-winning networks and platforms, delivering on customers'
demand for mobility, reliable network connectivity, security and
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