FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Marc Loresto
LOS ANGELES, CA (February 14, 2008) - The former First Lady of Iowa and co-creator of the nation’sfirst Verizon Tech Savvy Awards, Christie Vilsack, will be visiting one of its five recipients, the Little Tokyo Service Center Community Development Corporation’s (LTSC) DISKovery Angelina computer program, to share their best strategies for promoting media literacy with parents and their children.
As founder and president of the Vilsack Foundation, Vilsack works to strengthen communities by advocating technology literacy. The Verizon Tech Savvy Award was created through her partnership with the National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) and the Verizon Foundation. It recognizes programs that educate parents in guiding their children to develop an understanding of computers.
On behalf of DISKovery Angelina, Monica Peralta, the Assistant Program Director of Technology and Education, accepted the West/Northwest Regional award last year at the NCFL Conference in Florida. "It takes collaboration to ensure program success. The programs we offer increase literacy skills for our students and parents, enabling them to have big dreams, and reach their goals as a family,” stated Peralta.
The program received $5,000 and was used to strengthen outreach efforts and expanded to offer web design classes. DISKovery Angelina is funded by First 5 LA and is named after the Angelina Apartment complex it is housed in - an 82 unit low-income family housing project built and managed by LTSC.
On February 14 at the Angelina Preschool Community Room, Vilsack will be sitting in on the “Mommy and Me” class where mothers take the skills they have learned and teach their children how to use computers and the Internet to access educational tools and other resources. The teaching strategies utilized will act as a model to create similar programs across the country.