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YMCA Program Aims to Bridge Digital Divide

By Kristi Nelson
|  Monday, Oct 4, 2010  |  Updated 4:03 PM CDT
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Kristi Nelson, NBCDFW.com

YMCA Dallas Miracles program encourages students to embrace success.

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The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas has a program called “Miracles,” and they hope that it achieves exactly that.

"The Miracles program is aimed at closing the digital divide that still exists sometimes in our community,” said the Y’s Rodrigua Ross. “It's a college prep program. The students attend El Centro while they're in high school and become confident at different software applications while getting the college credits."

Students say they feel a higher sense of accomplishment.

"I know it's kind of a nerdy thing to say, but if you can do things like that you can do a combination of things, actually,” said junior Talia Clayton.

So far, two classes of students have graduated from the program, and they're all still in college. Program organizers say that’s how they know they’re successful.

"They are learning skills that people will pay well for,” Ross said. “They're very marketable skills, and even in this economic and trying times, absolutely have value in the workplace."


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