The Conexiones Program Helps Students Navigate Digital World
As it approaches its third year, a programme for students in Hispanic neighbourhoods that focuses on digital literacy and safety has been expanded across the nation. Participants who are now in high school believe it has been a good experience.
Elizabeth Rodriguez, a senior at North Side High School in Houston and a current Conexiones participant, says, “I’m interested in computer science, and this programme for the community is fantastic because regrettably my mother and family never had this opportunity. They must be happy that I got to study this subject, and I hope my younger nephews and future generations will have the same opportunity.
The Conexiones Program
The grassroots STEM programme, which targets students between the ages of 14 and 18, was developed by The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the oldest Hispanic civil rights organization in the United States, and has been growing thanks to T-support Mobile’s as part of the Un-Equity carrier’s In Action strategy. The Conexiones curriculum is designed to teach kids about online safety and privacy, spotting false information, stopping cyberbullying, and forming wholesome connections. The LULAC programme has enrolled 231 people thus far.
According to Priscilla Garcia, the empowerment and education programme coordinator for LULAC, “by the conclusion of last year’s cycle, 51.8% of participants expressed interest in pursuing a career in the STEM area while 96% stated they were more interested in continuing to learn about online safety.”