St. Thomas, USVI, March 21, 2023 –Liberty Foundation awarded a $10,000 grant to the Y-Teens VI of St. Thomas to support its digital and education programs for girls throughout the year.
“This grant will enable our organization to continue to engage with youth who have an interest in the information technology and STEM fields through our Girls Do Tech program,” said Donnalie Edwards-Cabey, CEO of Y-Teens VI. “Additionally, this critical grant support will help us to continue our recently launched Youth Speakers & Presentation Club - Power Voices for Total Wellness, which seeks to enhance public speaking and presentation skills in youth and help them to find their voice.”
In addition to the grant, Liberty Foundation recently joined forces with Y-Teens to present a special conference on cyberbullying prevention for girls and teens ages 11 to 18. The conference, which was part of the foundation’s recently launched Surf the Web Safely campaign, featured special agent Keridon Williams, of U.S. Homeland Security Investigations’ Immigration and Customs Enforcement Unit (ICE-HSI).
“We believe digital literacy is a great way to empower girls to have a better future, but with it comes the responsibility to use technology safely. Through activities like this, we are creating awareness on how they can use the internet as a powerful tool while protecting themselves of the dangers it can bring in the process,” said Catherine Kling, commercial director at Liberty VI, who welcomed the participants to the event.
Y-Teens, VI is a nonprofit organization that offers programs and services that help girls and young women cultivate life skills and build their self-confidence in the process. The organization achieves this through activities that use public speaking and digital education.
The nonprofit will use its grant to develop and promote its Girls Do Tech and Youth Thrive programs. Girls Do Tech consists of four coding and interactive engineering sessions combined with presentations about women who are leaders in STEM fields, while Youth Thrive helps build resilience against mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, social isolation and youth trauma triggers.
Liberty Foundation will continue to help Y-Teens, VI and other nonprofit organizations in the USVI throughout 2023. Since November 2020, Liberty and Liberty Foundation have invested $277,500 and impacted 22 organizations that offer services in the areas of education, social well-being and health, arts, and environmental protection to underserved populations throughout the USVI.
Liberty Latin America, Liberty VI’s parent company, is a leading communications company operating in over 20 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean under consumer brands such as Flow, Liberty, and BTC, among others.