Dallas-Area Teens Receive the ‘Gift of Tech’ From Comerica Bank This Holiday Season

Dec 16, 2019 8:00 AM ET

Comerica Bank surprised 22 Dallas-area high school students from the Project Still I Rise Urban Scholars Program with technology packs at their holiday community service project on Thursday evening.  The students decorated Buckeye Commons Head Start, a school where they often serve, and later were presented with personal laptops and accompanying accessories (bag and mouse) and service plans as a reward for their hard work and dedication in the classroom and community.

Research shows nearly one in five teens have trouble finishing their homework because of a digital divide – often referred to as the “homework gap” – for teens who lack access to digital technologies (reliable access to a computer and/or internet connection) at home. Teens from lower-income households, are especially likely to face school-related challenges as a result. [Source: Pew Research Center]

“For the past decade, Comerica Bank has partnered with Project Still I Rise to help empower today’s youth for tomorrow’s opportunity through academic enrichment, mentoring and leadership development,” Pete Guilfoile, Comerica Bank Chief Credit Officer and Project Still I Rise volunteer said. “We are committed to helping close the homework gap by equipping youth in the communities we serve with reliable technology tools for future success.”