AT&T distributes 200 laptops to students in West New York, Jersey City

Program, in partnership with Computers 4 People, will eventually provide 250 laptops to those in communities suffering from digital divide

AT&T and Hoboken-based Computers 4 People distributed nearly 200 refurbished laptops to students and families in West New York and Jersey City on Thursday as part of AT&T’s nationwide commitment to help bridge the digital divide.

Fifty-two more are on the way.

The laptops, funded by an AT&T donation to Human I-T, were given to area residents in need — 87 people in West New York and 11 in Jersey City — along with digital literacy resources to help them fully participate in our digital world.

The remaining devices will be distributed to people served by other community-based organizations, including Church World Service, Hudson Community Enterprises, Rosa L. Parks School of Fine & Performing Arts high school, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services and St. Matt’s Lunchtime Ministry. Computers 4 People identified the organizations and the individuals who will receive the equipment.

The importance of the effort cannot be overstated.

It’s estimated that more than 7,000 students in Jersey City and more than 2,100 students in West New York don’t have digital basics at home, including access to the internet, computers or skills needed to benefit from the online world.

Jaci Kator, AT&T’s director of external affairs in New Jersey, said the company is eager to help.

“Access to connectivity is vital in helping to bridge the digital divide, and we are glad we can provide these resources to those that need them most,” he said. “AT&T is proud to collaborate with organizations like Computers 4 People to help close the digital equity gap in Jersey City, West New York and across New Jersey.”

Computers 4 People founder Dylan Zajac thanked AT&T for its commitment.

“AT&T’s generous donation of 250 laptops to Computers 4 People is a game-changer for our mission to bridge the digital divide,” he said. “This contribution will enable hundreds of individuals in underserved communities, providing them with access to technology, education and essential online services. We are deeply grateful for AT&T’s commitment to creating a more inclusive and connected society.

“Together, we are making strides towards ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to thrive in the digital age.”