The Weingart Foundation has granted $100,000 to Brotherhood Crusade, Community Coalition and InnerCity Struggle to tackle the food and technology inequities, also known as the digital divide, in Los Angeles and surrounding communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Parents and families in underserved communities are primarily concerned with three major issues: the continuation of education through access to technology, food insecurity and housing displacement.
Brotherhood Crusade, Community Coalition and InnerCity Struggle recently joined forces to raise $400,000 to support 5,000 students in South and East Los Angeles with technology and emergency needs and help close the digital divide. “We wholeheartedly support this critical effort to address educational inequities exacerbated by the global COVID-19 crisis,” says Fred Ali, president and CEO of the Weingart Foundation.
“The current global crisis has exposed deep existing inequities in our educational system with devastating impacts to our highest-need students,” says Aurea Montes-Rodriguez, executive vice president of Community Coalition. “We are grateful that, moving forward, students will be able to connect with their teachers, counselors, peers and social justice organizations. When we come together, we win.”