The Galveston-based Moody Foundation has announced a five-year, $1.5 million grant to Comp-U-Dopt to provide underserved youth in Galveston with greater access to technology and computer science education.
Awarded through the Generation Moody Education Initiative, the grant will enable Comp-U-Dopt to provide lightly used and refurbished computers to underserved youth through its Tech Pantry and deliver afterschool enrichment programs to schools in the Galveston school district. By 2002, according to the foundation, 75 percent of all jobs in the United States will require technological skills beyond word processing, yet fewer than half of U.S. high schools teach computer science. A 2016 census bureau report indicated that nearly 20 percent of Galveston residents lacked access to a computer at home, including more than a thousand households with children.
"Providing our students access and exposure to technology puts the tools for discovery in their own hands, giving them the chance to see a new path forward while extending their learning beyond the classroom," said Moody Foundation trustee Ross Moody. "To provide equitable opportunities for all youth and to ensure our country has a productive workforce, we must invest in initiatives that develop homegrown talent and provide all students — regardless of their economic situation — with the opportunity to succeed."