Comp-U-Dopt, a nonprofit that provides technology access and education to underserved youth, announced Aligned Automation CEO Nitin Ahuja as the latest addition to its board. The board now totals 16 distinguished leaders from the business and technology sectors to help extend and sustain the Comp-U-Dopt reach nationally. Comp-U-Dopt’s programs serve to eliminate limited access to computers, facilitate growth in technical and digital literacy skills and support the future of youth in our communities. Since 2007, they have served more than 43,000 children and young adults and diverted 450+ tons of computer hardware from landfills.
More than 30% of children from low-income families in America face inequitable access to technology, an issue commonly referred to as the digital divide. The effects are far-reaching, inhibiting the ability to do homework, make social connections and prepare effectively for college or the job market. Comp-U-Dopt, a national nonprofit, has focused on closing the divide since 2007, driven by the belief that every child deserves equal access to education and opportunity. With an increased focus on remote learning, the pandemic served as a reminder for how important technology access is for children to succeed.
“We’ve been addressing digital equity for more than 14 years,” said Megan Steckly, Comp-U-Dopt CEO. “As we gear up for another school year, we remember the unknown waters many school administrators and families navigated while adjusting rapidly to the virtual learning set in motion by COVID-19. While it was challenging for all families, those without reliable access to private computers and WIFI were among those hit hardest. We believe no child’s learning should be limited by technology access, no matter what the circumstances are.”
As Comp-U-Dopt grows, Steckly said they are also expanding their board of dedicated and committed leaders. In July they officially announced the addition of Dallas-based entrepreneur, Nitin Ahuja, who co-founded and leads Aligned Automation as CEO.
“I have admired the work Megan and her team are doing to close the digital divide for years,” said Ahuja. “At Aligned Automation, we firmly believe every child deserves the opportunity to have access to the digital world. Not only does it measurably improve their opportunities in life, but accessibility also advances the next generation of innovative entrepreneurs.”
Comp-U-Dopt is expanding across the nation and currently has a presence in California, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Ohio, and Texas. The board is comprised of 15 other esteemed professionals from many backgrounds.
“Nitin is a wonderful addition to our growing board,” said Steckly. “As we continue to expand, establishing an engaged board of exceptional leaders committed to change is a priority. Nitin brings a wealth of expertise and experience in technology, as well as a clear passion for investing in the future of today’s youth.”
Comp-U-Dopt operates a variety of programs from early-age access to job training for older children and young adults. To apply for a program or to get involved, visit the website at www.compudopt.org.