August 13, 1996
CONTACT: National Urban League -- M. Gasby Greely, Toni Jones, Max Stamper
Aug. 13 - 15: 504/522-5101; After Aug. 15: 212/310-9023
NYNEX -- Maureen Flanagan, 212/395-0500
NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE ANNOUNCES $1 MILLION NYNEX GRANT TO BUILD TECHNOLOGY CENTERS AND ADVANCE YOUTH PROGRAMS
NEW ORLEANS, La.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 13, 1996--National Urban League
President Hugh B. Price announced that NYNEX has contributed $1 million to
build inner-city technology centers to educate and train urban school
children in the use of computer technology.
The NYNEX grant will also fund a national public service campaign to
promote the League's youth development programs.
Price accepted the contribution from NYNEX Chairman and CEO Ivan
Seidenberg following Seidenberg's keynote luncheon address at the annual
League conference today.
The technology centers will be located in two League affiliate
communities in NYNEX's service region in New York and New England. The
centers will provide job skills training and computer training for work
and school, community networking capabilities for libraries and schools,
and Internet access. The League plans to expand the program to all 114
affiliate communities in 34 states and the District of Columbia by the
"Partnerships with corporate leaders such as NYNEX greatly expand the
League's ability to provide today's youth with the technological skills
they'll need to succeed in tomorrow's business world," said Price.
"However, technology without access is meaningless. Our endeavor with
NYNEX will bridge the gap and make technology available to many more young
A recent Urban League study found that children are most vulnerable to
crime, drugs, and teenage pregnancy between the hours of 3 p.m. and 6
p.m. The new centers -- which will be open to the public Monday through
Saturday -- will feature student activities during those critical late
"NYNEX is committed to providing equal access to all the innovations
created by the communications revolution," said Seidenberg. "We are
excited to be partnering with the Urban League -- a dynamic leader in the
African-American community -- to create the technological lifeline
necessary to prepare urban youth for the challenges of the 21st century."
The League's public service campaign for television will be premiered
during the New Orleans Conference and will air in its affiliate
communities. The public service announcements -- which include TV, radio
and newspaper ads -- highlight the Urban League movement, especially its
drive to impact and motivate African-American youth.
"The objective of the campaign is to mobilize middle class individuals,
particularly middle class African Americans, into taking responsibility
for the growth and development of disadvantaged minority youth," said
Price. "We expect the ads to attract substantial support for the League's
network of youth-oriented programs."
NYNEX is a global communications and media corporation that provides a
full range of services in the northeastern United States and high-growth
markets around the world, including the United Kingdom, Thailand,
Gibraltar, Greece, Indonesia, the Philippines, Poland, Slovakia and the
Czech Republic. The corporation is a leader in telecommunications,
wireless communications, directory publishing and video entertainment and
Founded in 1910, the National Urban League is the premier social service
and civil rights organization in America. The mission of the league is to
help African Americans achieve social and economic parity. The league has
affiliates in 114 cities, 34 states and the District of Columbia.