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On It Foundation Donates 30 Laptops to the City of Miami Beach Service Partnership All-Stars
"The laptops will be used for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education related programs, sponsored by the City of Miami Beach's Morning All-Stars afterschool programs," said Ms. Phair. "Donating these laptops helps to bridge the technology gap and increase awareness of STEM education for students in the afterschool program."
Since its formation in 1999, the On It Foundation is nationally focused on K-12 youth in public and home schools providing free computers with computer training and Internet access to disadvantaged families with students that receive a free or reduced school lunch, and live within the U.S.
The On It Foundation is all about lending a helping hand with no cost to its recipients. Ms. Phair started the organization at a time when she was unable to provide a computer for her own young daughter. Since then, her efforts have centered on building strategic partnerships with national corporate entities and local communities and schools. Ms. Phair has been improving the lives of children ever since.
Recently, the On It Foundation partnered with TEDxYouth@ColumbiaSC to assist in community outreach to promote the event and assume Fiscal Sponsorship for obtaining donations and corporate sponsors. The by-youth, for-youth conference united South Carolina high school students around the power of ideas with talks by speakers from around the world and activities like MP3Experiment Columbia.
In elementary and high schools, the On It Foundation supports technology programs and promising students that spread the use of computer technology and STEM education. In North Miami, senior high school student Nathan Hagood is a leader in Team 'On It' robotics programs, using his skills to train other kids to code, a path to educational and economic opportunities. Ms. Phair nominated Hagood for assistance from Wish Book readers to offset the costs of his college application fees which in turn awarded Nathan a Florida International University (FIU) college scholarship.
Looking back, Ms. Phair realizes that access to technology is essential and a necessity for many underprivileged students in the United States. Ms. Phair states that their organization receives an average of over 5 requests daily from families and case workers seeking free computers for kids that do not have a computer, and are failing in school due to not being able to effectively complete work assignments, and/or keep up with technological skill sets.
"Having the tools and technological skill sets with Internet/Broadband access are important for students to become employable in today's 21st Century marketplace,"
ABOUT: The On It Foundation
The On It Foundation (Opportunities Necessary to Increase Technology) is a 501(c)(3) national public non-profit whose mission provides free technology resources, 21st Century Skill Sets to include STEM education and Internet access to underprivileged children of low-income families in grades K-12 that receive a free or reduced school lunch, attend a public/home school and reside in the United States. For more information, visit http://theonitfoundation.org/
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