ATLANTA—Georgia State University’s Digital Learners to Leaders (DLL) program has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the PepsiCo Foundation to expand events and programming promoting digital literacy.
The award will support a series of workshops introducing students to digital skills such as web development, communication, financial literacy and project management. Workshops will be available to students seeking both two- and four-year degrees and at a summer camp directed at high school students.
“Digital Learners to Leaders provides students a challenging and inclusive experiential learning environment to develop confidence in problem-solving and to use technology to impact problems they see around them while opening career pathways,” said Jackie Slaton, assistant director of Learning Community Development at the Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning & Online Education and coordinator of the DLL program.
The DLL program was developed to inspire students, particularly students from backgrounds underrepresented in the technology industry, to explore their interests in technology while learning from professionals across Atlanta’s education, business, government and nonprofit organizations and focusing on creating digital solutions. The program teaches technology and professional skills to university students through a series of co-curricular workshops and a for-credit internship course and to secondary school students at a summer camp.
Georgia State is one of 40 public charities and organizations across the country awarded a Community Impact Grant from the PepsiCo Foundation to tackle challenges of inequality.
“We look up to the community organizations across America that work tirelessly every day to ensure their neighbors thrive,” said C.D. Glin, vice president of the PepsiCo Foundation and global head of philanthropy. “PepsiCo has a long history of working with local partners to invest in communities where our consumers and associates live and work. We’re proud to support these organizations in making lasting change.”