YWCA Mankato receives $15,000 grant

AT&T is awarding $15,000 to the local nonprofit to boost programs providing digital resources for those who may not have access.
Published: Oct. 4, 2022 at 10:37 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 4, 2022 at 8:28 PM CDT
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MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) - YWCA Mankato receives a $15,000 grant to support its work to help bridge the digital divide for girls in our community.

The AT&T Foundation grant will support girls who may not have access to devices or internet connections at home.

The program assists with college and scholarship applications, digital literacy skills, internet safety training, and access to STEM programming.

The goal is to give them the resources they need to succeed after high school.

“It’s so exciting because we know the benefits of this program. We see that these girls get excited about college. They really realize that they are strong and capable and really worthy of going for their dreams. So to see that being put into action is extremely rewarding,” stated Kim Danger, interim executive director at YWCA Mankato.

The AT&T Foundation says it is committed to helping bridge the digital divide by connecting students to skills, resources, and opportunities for success in school and in life.

“To the extent that we can play a role in that, in supporting not only the Girls Inc. Program at the YWCA, but in the employer base as a whole, that really benefits us all and benefits our economy and really helps these young people get prepared for really realizing their futures,” AT&T Minnesota-Wisconsin president Paul Weirtz said.

The mission of YWCA Mankato is to empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for everyone.