(William & Lanaea C. Featherstone Foundation, www.thefeatherstonefoundation.org)

Latino families in Baltimore City will improve their socio-economic and educational standing thanks to a $15,000 grant from the William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation.

The grant funds Empowering Latinos: One “Click” at a Time, a program organized by the Baltimore-based William & Lanaea C. Featherstone Foundation that helps Latino families secure better paying jobs and better assist their children by learning to use computers and the Internet.  At the end of the program, parents receive laptops for their homes to bridge the digital divide.

“We are thrilled to invest in a groundbreaking initiative that is improving the quality of life for families and communities where O’Neill family members live,” stated Leah Gary, president and CEO of the O’Neill Foundation.

The program, directed by Open Society Institute (OSI)-Baltimore Community Fellow Lanaea C. Featherstone, also teaches participants how to use the Internet, create resumes and apply for jobs online.  “OSI-Baltimore is pleased to back such an important program that is helping underserved groups succeed,” said Pamela King, director of community fellowships at the Open Society Institute-Baltimore.

Graduates of the Empowering Latinos: One “Click” at a Time program will receive laptops for their homes along with a certificate of completion during a special luncheon on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at Patterson Park Public Charter School’s cafeteria (2726 E. Baltimore St., Baltimore, MD 21224).

“The program extends educational opportunities and creates support systems that promote successful children, thriving families, and strong communities,” said Dr. Elizabeth Obara, one of the school’s founders and Community School Coordinator.


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