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Amazing and wonderful
Strong feedback from one of our attendees. “WiFi needs to be treated as a text book.”
Thank you, Dr. Ortiz, for helping flip the narrative of poverty and the culture of poverty.
Bridging the divide is a family tree changer...
My son just graduated he is going to change our family tree.. 1st generation college ❤️
Really strong panel today. Thank you, everyone, for your community service and your participation today. Emily, good job, as always!
Parking lots are great. However, it still isn't idea to have to work in a hot car with nowhere to keep your device charged. We need more community spaces that can offer inside, socially distant digital opportunities.
any many like myself have no car. And public transportation isn't ideal with covid to get somewhere.
Who can really do their homework in a car? ...without a steady writing surface, or lighting, etc..
yes Linda agree
Not having internet access is not having access to services...that is so right!! Without internet access, folks cannot apply for COVID relief programs, unemployment, stimulus payments, ,etc.
Wow a law that’s 15 years old - that’s ancient in tech years. Time to get that changed. Telecoms are more interested in streaming content these days . . .
such a good point, Dalia. we must be sure we don’t continue to exacerbate the divide.
The understanding that many children are their own advocates and need mentors to help them navigate their own education is true for children of first generation immigrants.
would Alamo Heights’ parents tolerate making their students go to a parking lot to access the internet? Doubtful.
ALAMO Heights parents have lots of low income.
The high income folks wouldn't go to a parking lot.
WestCare Texas recognized this huge gap in service and quickly established a COVID-19 Digital Resource Hub to provide community members with access to computers, printers, and internet service so they could apply for COVID relief programs online. The Digital Resource Hub, easily accessible at Ella Austin Community Center, is open every Wednesday from 9a-4p for individuals to come in and apply for assistance with housing, utilities, food, unemployment benefits, stimulus checks, and much more.
Problem with Alamo Heights folks many don't understand the struggle..unless they have struggled
Please don't make assumptions about people based on their zip code or neighborhood.
I am in Alamo Heights so I speak from experience
I am in the zip code
You need help you need to speak up and ask. Alamo Heights High school tries to help I must say.
Amazing job, Mel!
Did it freeze?
Laura for the win!
Time for Robert to pay for better service at RR. Haha Or time for us to donate more!!;)
SAC will have laptop access but you must be registered etc. or no computer. my son has the issue of no computer access to finish
I reached out to his HS college counselor asking for help. No response yet.
We also need printers at home besides a computer.
Happy to help as best we can!! From United Way of San Antonio.
Yes, Brian! It takes everyone's participation in being a part of the solution!
Thank you to the Rivard Report for hosting. Great sharing of knowledge and ideas amongst all panelists.
Education = Workforce Development and Economic Development as a whole
This has been an excellent panel. Thank you to all who participated and put this together! Yes, we all own this!
Agree Stephanie. Thanks RR! Great panel and information.
Well said, Brian.
I agree we all need to help where we can always.❤️
Mr. Ortiz you are a great man. You understand.
Yes, we need internet providers to be a the table in these conversations!
UP Partnership Equity Pledge: https://uppartnership.org/equitable-recovery/,
Maybe donate computers,pay someone's internet? Or share
Wow a law that’s 15 years old - that’s ancient in tech years. Time to get that changed.
advocate for change.
WestCare Texas is here to help as well (210) 224-2351 ext 160
Linda what is WestCare?
Yes, Mel! Never stop advocating!
Well said Mel!!
You’re a rockstar, Mel! Wonderful advice.
Great advice MEL !!
Here here Mel!
We need to stand up for ourselves and others!!
Mel- a true leader and change agent!
Thank you everyone
Yes. Say something! Call people out. Get in Good Trouble!
Dalia Flores Contreras, CEP, she/her/hers
Mel thank you for being in this space and sharing your voice! Out student voice is #1
WestCare Texas is a non-profit located at Ella Austin Community Center. Nationally, WestCare is in 19 states and 4 american Territories, and is the largest behavioral health and substance abuse provider