Technology is revolutionizing the nation. But in Baltimore and elsewhere, many recent Latino immigrants are disconnected from the Internet and do not have computers at home.
That puts immigrant parents and their children at a disadvantage both economically and socially, says Lanaea Featherstone, a 2013 Community Fellow, whose program “Empowering Latinos One ‘Click’ at a Time,” has won awards for its successful efforts to get Latino immigrants plugged in.
Without digital access and know-how, it’s difficult for family members to learn about and apply for good jobs, or help their children with homework. And it also means that children in those households are at a disadvantage in school.
“The goal of this project is economic empowerment and skills building,” Featherstone says. “We want to remove any barriers to their success. I’m very passionate about this work and the Latino community as a whole, and I think that this will improve lives and make a difference in Baltimore.”