Published On: September 7, 2023

Interns involved in our Project SEARCH Indiana program located at Community Hospital North continue to benefit from a digital literacy program made possible through a grant from Comcast NBCUniversal.

Jill Rusk – our Project SEARCH instructor at this location says that this 20-hour program has helped young adult learners by enhancing their current digital skills and learning new ones.

“The program helps our interns build confidence and improve life skills in preparation for employment. Not only that, but I have seen it improve conversation skills for this group. They have truly grown from the program so far,” said Jill Rusk, program instructor.

Easterseals Crossroads, a local nonprofit organization providing disability services, was awarded a one-year $75,000 grant from Comcast NBCUniversal in April 2023 for the Comcast NBCUniversal Digital Literacy and Employment Program. This marked the second year that Easterseals Crossroads has received funding for this project. The grant will help build digital skills for transition-age youth with disabilities.

The Comcast NBCUniversal Digital Literacy and Employment Program is provided to Project SEARCH interns ages 18-24 who have a diagnosed disability and who are preparing to work in a competitive work environment. The project focuses on delivering targeted digital skills curriculum in the classroom combined with an internship that will allow each participant to demonstrate what they are learning in a real work setting.

“Digital literacy skills are crucial for young adults as they transition from school to adulthood where they need to know how to manage both their work and personal lives. Comcast NBCUniversal’s commitment to our youth has made a huge impact for individuals who will soon be established in our community’s workforce,” said Marjorie Duryea, Director, Employment Programs, Easterseals Crossroads.

Comcast NBCUniversal logoEasterseals Crossroads is pleased to partner with national Easterseals and affiliates in Arkansas, Colorado, Greater Houston, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Washington by sharing resources and best practices in offering digital learning opportunities for young adults with disabilities in our community.

Digital literacy and access to technology are two areas of strategic investment at Comcast NBCUniversal that empower people and create opportunities for those who need it most. Easterseals and affiliates throughout the country have been chosen by Comcast NBCUniversal for many grants and programs throughout the years.