ACT program receives grant to help families with digital literacy

Posted 27 August 2021 at 7:50 am

$25K grant also funds push for healthy living skills

Press Release, Community Action of Orleans & Genesee

ALBION – The ACT program has been awarded a one-time $25,000 grant from the NYS Education Department New York State Cares for Communities initiative to support selected communities (students and families) most adversely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. ACT is part of Community Action of Orleans & Genesee.

Orleans County was eligible for one of these initiatives and the ACT program submitted a proposal to address two stated goals: social-emotional learning and/or mental health services for students and digital literacy for students and families.

Due to Community Action’s track record of success in the community and strong relationships with partner organizations and families, we will be able to reach many with this one-time grant. These funds will be used to implement presentations within Orleans County to improve digital literacy of students and families while providing social and emotional support for healthy life skills.

During the coming year both of these goals will be addressed through in-person group learning opportunities (offered in a 3-part series at various times and locations) and a virtual series of workshops with similar/related topics.

In addition, social media will be used to provide ongoing information related to these topics. The primary target audience is students in grades 6-12 and their families. However, workshops will be advertised and available for any community members choosing to attend.

The ACT program looks forward to implementing these new learning opportunities and helping residents overcome identified barriers discovered during the pandemic.