YES Prep is proud to participate in Sprint’s 1Million Project, which aims “to help 1 million high school students who do not have reliable Internet access at home reach their full potential by giving them devices and free high-speed Internet access.” At YES Prep, a third of our families report that they do not have consistent access to high-speed internet, which means that students may struggle to complete homework and develop the technology skills that are increasingly necessary in college and the workplace. This year, YES Prep received 900 devices to distribute to high school students and will distribute a total of 3,000 devices over the course of the next few years.
High school students who do not have high-speed internet are eligible to receive the devices. As part of the 1Million Project, they’ll receive 3GB per month of free high-speed LTE data. Unlimited data is available at lower speeds. With that data allotment, Sprint estimates that they can send 300 emails, visit 240 web pages, and or watch 480 minutes of video. Additionally, YES Prep’s Portfolio and Learning Technology team expects that the devices will also be used to aid families who are applying for FEMA and completing job applications.
“It’s about preparing students to work in the world they’ll be in when they graduate from high school. Without internet, they don’t have access to a huge wealth of knowledge and are unable to connect with others throughout the world,” said Kristen Canterbury, YES Prep’s Portfolio Manager.
At a recent connection fair at YES Prep Fifth Ward, high school students lined up to receive their devices. Many of them had cell phones, but they weren’t connected to a service.
“I don’t have a way to reach the internet,” said Aylin García, 11th grader. “With this [Wi-Fi device], my whole family can use it.”
“We need the internet to get our school work done,” 11th grader, Derick Lopez added. “I can do research and complete my PowerPoints.”
YES Prep has now connected over 250 students with free home internet access. The remaining 650 devices have yet to be claimed. If you have a high school YES Prep student who lacks internet access, please complete the following form. If you are a staff member and know of a student that needs high-speed internet, please refer them to your Director of College Counseling.
“We want to level the playing field with internet access and teach students the foundational skills they’ll need to be a knowledge worker in a 21st century workplace,” said Canterbury.