Bridging the Digital Divide
Eradicating Illiteracy and Expanding Computer Know-How and Access .
BDD’s “Read by Five Initiative” has provided computers containing a pre-k curriculum and other educational software to over 300 schools and daycares. The Read by Five Initiatives is designed to improve the academic performance of children by teaching kids ages 2 to 5 how to read and write by age 5.
Safe Haven Computers are placed in low income apartment complexes and community centers. They are used for after school homework assistance and computer literacy training for middle and high school students.
For Christmas 2011 American Legion Post 416 teamed up with BDD to feed and give 200 computers to veterans, their families, and high school. Monthly the Texas Workforce Commission sent unemployed veterans who need computers to BDD.
Children who attend summer programs at Child Development Centers, Childcare Centers, after School Programs and Youth Centers throughout the city compete in 14 educational categories, such as Math, Spelling, Keyboarding, Flag Identification and Memory Tests.