Stephanie's Heroes: City of Promise

By: Stephanie Satchell Email
By: Stephanie Satchell Email

August 13, 1012

A local organization wants to make sure that kids, teens and adults in one Charlottesville neighborhood have access to a computer and the internet. In this week's Stephanie's Heroes "the City of Promise" is giving a special gift to the Westhaven Community.

10 brand new computers line the walls at the Westhaven Community Center in Charlottesville. The City of Promise and local partners are making this project possible.

“If our kids are going to be successful in education then they're going to need the tools to do what they need to do and these computers will help to facilitate that,” said Sarad Davenport, Director, City of Promise, Charlottesville.

The City of Promise is a Charlottesville based organization aimed at helping people reach their potential and succeed in life. Director Sarad Davenport says that will be made easier with access to a computer.

“Hopefully, it will help the kids and there won't be any impediments to them doing school work,” said Davenport.

Charlottesville High school student Rajeanna Caldwell doesn't have internet access at home and is looking forward to how much she'll be able to accomplish online.

“You can be able to research things for like papers and do stuff for school or e-mail teachers if you have to...just kind of like bring school to home,” said Rajeanna Caldwell, Westhaven Community Resident.

All of the computers in the lab are currently hooked up to the internet through a broadband connection, but in the future the City of Promise is hoping to bring wireless to the community.

“So, that when people need wireless connections for tablets or personal computers they will have them available in the community and there won't be this digital disconnect and that will be another barrier kind of broken down...accessing information,” said Davenport.

Whether it's school work, applying for college or looking for jobs, Davenport says it's encouraging to see them get excited about their future. With these new computers all the information they need is just a click away.

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