AARP Foundation Receives $10M Grant From

“This transformative grant will enable older, low-income adults to gain the digital confidence and skills they need to increase their long-term financial stability, particularly for those most affected by systemic racism and discrimination,” said Lisa, President of the AARP Foundation Marsch Ryerson. “Providing training in critical technology skills to disadvantaged older adults can further close the digital divide, help build economic security and resilience, and help people live independently in old age.”

The programs will begin in more than a dozen cities beginning in March 2022 and will continue in eight states over the next two years: Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Texas. Training is conducted by community organizations using sessions developed by the AARP Foundation and OATS Senior Planet Instructors. Based on the results of these initial efforts, the AARP Foundation plans to create a scalable model to expand the program nationwide.

“By supporting the AARP Foundation in implementing this new digital skills training program, we hope to help older adults, particularly those from vulnerable communities who have not had access to technological resources in the past, plan for their future,” said Kent Walker, who is president of global affairs at Google.

Kenneth Terrell covers employment, ageism, work and jobs, careers and the federal government for AARP. He previously worked for the Education Writers Association and US News & World Reportwhere he covered government and politics, business, education, science and technology, and lifestyle news.

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