May 28th 2015: Youth Empowering Parents (YEP) is proud to announce that it is one of the recipients of the .CA Community Investment Program for 2015. The .CA Community Investment Program was created by the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) and supports projects that will improve Canada’s Internet community. The program provides funding for research, infrastructure, online services or digital literacy projects.
“[Canada’s not-for-profit] sector has an important role to play in our collective national response to the most persistent and pressing digital divides. Our .CA Community Investment Program is designed to ensure that these innovators have the resources they need to experiment with solutions and deliver necessary new services,” said Byron Holland, President and CEO of CIRA.
YEP’s innovative program that trains at-risk youth to teach computer skills to disadvantaged adults and seniors from the same language/cultural background has so far been replicated in 5 communities. Despite the demand for the YEP program in several other Canadian cities, YEP’s replication has been limited to Toronto, as training is currently structured to be delivered in-person.
With support from the.CA Community Investment Program, YEP is now working towards making its United Nations award winning computer training program and curriculum available to all Canadian communities. Expansion will be done through an online platform, with webinars and an online replication toolkit comprised of training modules and videos that will be accessible to the public. With this initiative, other organizations can operate YEP at their facilities, and thousands of disadvantaged adults and seniors across Canada will be trained in digital literacy.