New Initiative in Support of Distance Learning Will Include a Donation of Educational Resources and Technological Tools for Students in Need Across Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 19, 2020 - The LA Kings (NHL), and their long-standing exclusive financial services sponsor, Wells Fargo are joining forces to help students in need across Los Angeles with the launch of “Team Up For Tech” - a new initiative designed to help address the educational needs of underserved youth, many of whom are learning remotely this year. “TeamUp for Tech,” will support students in underserved local communities and help combat the technological barriers of distance learning with the donation of mobile Wi-Fi hotspots, headphones and Chromebooks. SoLa I CAN Foundation and The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools - two nonprofits with strong ties to the local community, will be overseeing the distribution of these resources with a focus on students and families in need.
This year, while millions of students find themselves learning remotely for the first time in response to nation-wide efforts to combat COVID-19, far too many lack the resources needed to support adequate distance learning. According to a recent study done by The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools in collaboration with researchers from the University of Southern California (USC), more than 25% of families have insufficient or no broadband internet service in their homes. Additionally, many families also lack adequate tools such as smartphones, tablets and computers or share these devices among several family members, making at home learning that much more challenging. “Team Up for Tech” was established to help eliminate these educational barriers and bridge the digital divide for students and families.
“At Wells Fargo, we have a long legacy of serving those who need it most. We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many children to pivot to remote learning this school year and not all students have consistent access to the proper technology to keep their education going,” said Kent Caldwell-Meeks, Wells Fargo local leader. “Our collaboration with AEG and the LA Kings allows us to give back to the communities we serve by helping students across Los Angeles maintain their studies and stay connected with their teachers and fellow students during these unprecedented times.”
To kick off the delivery of equipment to the students, Wells Fargo and the LA Kings will host a private drive-through distribution event for pre-selected families on Thursday, November 19 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the SoLa “Beehive” Campus, located at 912-1000 E. 60th St., Los Angeles, CA. 90001. Players from the LA Kings and select executives from Wells Fargo and the NHL team will be on site to greet and show support to the students and families in need as they pick up their brand-new equipment from the safety of their vehicles.
“The pandemic has posed many new hardships to low income families. A lack of reliable access to technology and internet has made the challenges of distance learning almost insurmountable with many children falling behind their more affluent peers. We are thrilled to be teaming up with the LA Kings and Wells Fargo on this important initiative to help kids gain the technology they need to effectively learn at school,” said, Sherri Francois, Executive Director of SoLa I CAN.
“The Partnership for LA Schools is grateful to our long-time partners at the LA Kings, Wells Fargo, and AEG for their generous donation of laptops and other learning technology for Florence Griffith Joyner Elementary in Watts” says Joan Sullivan, CEO of the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools. “This donation is especially appreciated in this moment when equitable access to technology for students is more important than ever. This will make a big difference.”
The public also has an opportunity to help make an impact through “Team Up For Tech” with their own donations. Donations from fans will also go towards improving at home learning and increasing educational access. For more information on how to get involved and donate please visit: www.Lakings.com/teamupfortech.
“While the pandemic has caused obstacles for many people, the LA Kings believe that access to educational tools is critical to students' success and well-being,” said Jen Pope, VP of Community Relations, Team Services & Hockey Development for the LA Kings.
“We are proud of the impact we continue to make through our more than decade-long partnership with our friends at Wells Fargo and we’re delighted to be able to provide essential technical resources to children in need in our local communities.”
Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, AEG is the world's leading sports and live entertainment company. The company operates in the following business segments: Facilities, which through its affiliation with ASM Global, owns, manages or consults with more than 300 preeminent arenas, stadiums, convention centers and performing arts venues around the world; Music through AEG Presents, which is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performances, including producing and promoting global and regional concert tours, music and special events and world-renowned festivals such as the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival; Real Estate, which develops world-class venues, as well as major sports and entertainment districts like STAPLES Center and L.A. LIVE, Mercedes Platz in Berlin and The O2 in London; Sports, as the world's largest operator of high-profile sporting events and sports franchises including the LA Kings, LA Galaxy and Eisbären Berlin; and Global Partnerships, which oversees worldwide sales and servicing of sponsorships including naming rights, premium seating and other strategic partnerships. Through its worldwide network of venues, portfolio of powerful sports and music brands, and its integrated entertainment districts, AEG entertains more than 160 million guests annually. More information about AEG can be found at www.aegworldwide.com.
ABOUT WELLS FARGO
Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.92 trillion in assets. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, investment and mortgage products and services, as well as consumer and commercial finance, through 7,200 locations, more than 13,000 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 31 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 30 on Fortune’s 2020 rankings of America’s largest corporations. News, insights and perspectives from Wells Fargo are also available at Wells Fargo Stories. Additional information may be found at www.wellsfargo.com | Twitter: @WellsFargo.
ABOUT SOLA I CAN FOUNDATION
The SoLa I CAN Foundation (est. 2017), the 501(c)3 nonprofit affiliate of SoLa Impact, is built on a simple premise: If you can see it, you can be it. SoLa aims to improve the lives of South LA residents through access to educational, technological, and economic opportunities. Sola works towards uplifting underserved Black and Latinx communities by providing scholarships, career development, technology education, financial literacy and college readiness.
ABOUT PARTNERSHIP FOR LOS ANGELES SCHOOLS
The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools is an independent non-profit that has worked with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LA Unified) since 2007 to manage and support historically under-resourced traditional public schools. The Partnership began with 10 schools, and we currently manage 19 LA Unified primary and secondary schools serving 14,200 students in the Los Angeles communities of Boyle Heights, South Los Angeles and Watts. As an “in-district partner” to LA Unified, the Partnership is uniquely positioned to work within the traditional public school system to support teachers and other school staff to remove barriers to enable academic success for all students. The Partnership works hard to close opportunity and achievement gaps in our 19 schools and in all LA Unified schools. We also advocate for educational equity and resource equity for high-need schools in Los Angeles and beyond.