|[April 16, 2014]
Rent-A-Center Teams with 100 Black Men to Bridge Digital Divide
ATLANTA --(Business Wire)--
Rent-A-Center, Inc. (NASDAQ/NGS: RCII) today donated 65 Dell (News - Alert) tablet
computers to the Atlanta headquarters of 100 Black Men of America, a
noted non-profit men's civic organization dedicated to educating and
empowering African American children and teens.
The hardware is in support of a digital literacy pilot program dubbed
"Digital Literacy 4Kidz." Slated to be launched by four chapters of the
100 Black Men of America this summer, the initiative will benefit
underserved youth who lack access to computers.
Armed with instruction modules and evaluation tools, the four chapters
will be encouraged to have participants demonstrate what they've learned
to their parents, with an eyefor educating other family members as well.
"Rent-A-Center has made such an important gift," said Michael J. Brown,
president of 100 Black Men of America. "This in-kind support will help
the youth that we serve use technology strategically to find and
evaluate information, connect with peers and others, produce and share
content, and leverage the Internet and its tools to�achieve academic,
professional and personal goals."
Today's donation mirrors a recent Rent-A-Center gift to City Impact, a
Las Vegas-area social services agency and will be followed by similar
computer donations to four Boys and Girls Club chapters later this year.
Intent on bridging the digital divide, Rent-A-Center has donated over
1000 computers in support of digital literacy initiatives since January
Rent-A-Center (NASDAQ: RCII), headquartered in Plano, Texas, operates
more than 3,000 stores in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and
Mexico. The Company employs over 21,000 coworkers. Learn more at www.rentacenter.com.
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