Blue Star Families Launches Digital Literacy Workshops, Sponsored by AT&T

CLARKSVILLE, TENNESSEEBlue Star Families of Tennessee is pleased to announce a generous donation of $50,000 from AT&T to support a Digital Literacy Workshop series for active-duty military and Veteran families beginning on June 7. The event will feature a donation presentation ceremony from AT&T Tennessee President Joelle Phillip and AT&T Kentucky President Carlos E. Sanchez, along with dinner for all attendees. 

As moving season begins and around 600,000 military families transfer to new communities around the world, it’s crucial that they have the resources and capability to keep in touch with family and friends. This workshop will give them the tools to stay connected with their loved ones and broaden their digital skillset. 

“We’re so grateful for this opportunity to deliver these digital workshops to our members and we look forward to our members benefitting from the workshop topics and themes,” said Karissa Poe, Chapter Director for Blue Star Families of Tennessee. “Thanks to AT&T’s generous contribution, we can offer this novel programming to the Tennessee Chapter and our families nationwide. These digital workshops will allow us to welcome and engage military and Veteran families, helping our members feel more connected and tech-savvy.”

The ceremony will kick off the first workshop in the series “Mobile Basics (iOS and Android) and Common Apps.” Blue Star Families of Tennessee will offer seven in-person and virtual workshops for all Blue Star Families members to attend. Blue Star Families of Missouri will also host members at its facilities, allowing the community to tune in together and providing hands-on assistance throughout the session. The virtual workshops will be available to any Blue Star Families member across the country. The free workshops focus on participants with little to no digital literacy and also introduce attendees to phases of technology that they can use to make their lives easier. Workshop themes will range from virtual communication, digital safety, telehealth, creating family calendars, online shopping, and more. 

AT&T’s support is a direct reflection of the company’s ongoing dedication to supporting and empowering active-duty military members, Veterans, and their families to establish a greater sense of belonging in the local community through resources and programming.

“Digital literacy skills are crucial in today’s increasingly connected world and developing those skills is particularly urgent for people who are new to the internet or computers,” said Joelle Phillips, president of AT&T Tennessee. “Connecting communities is what we do. So we are excited to be helping people become a part of and engage in our digital world through these workshops.”

“AT&T has had a long history of supporting the men and women who wear our country’s uniform and their families,” said Carlos E. Sanchez, president of AT&T Kentucky. “We understand and deeply appreciate the sacrifices they make through their service. And so we are honored to be supporting the Blue Star Families in providing these workshops and helping the military population develop and refine digital skills which are especially relevant to them.”

The first Blue Star Families Digital Literacy workshop will kick off on Wednesday, June 7th at 5 pm at the Army Community Services Building, 1500 William C. Lee Rd., Fort Campbell, KY 42223.  This is a family-friendly event and dinner will be provided. 

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