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Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced that the $3.2 billion Emergency Broadband Benefit Program will launch on May 12. This federal program will provide a $50/month ($75/month on tribal lands) subsidy for the cost of internet service for select individuals for 6 months. The list of Virginia's participating broadband providers can be found - here.

Eligible households can sign up for the program directly through their broadband provider or online. For more information and to sign up, visit the program website - https://getemergencybroadband.org/

 

About the Emergency Broadband Benefit

The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.

Who Is Eligible for the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program?

A household is eligible if a member of the household meets one of the criteria below:

  • Has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline;
  • Approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision in the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year;
  • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
  • Experienced a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020 and the household had a total income in 2020 at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers; or
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider's existing low-income or COVID-19 program.

When Can I Sign Up for the Benefit?

As of May 12, 2021, eligible households will be able to enroll in the program to receive a monthly discount off the cost of broadband service from an approved provider. Eligible households can enroll through an approved provider or by visiting  GetEmergencyBroadband.org.

Workshops for Families who want to apply for Medicaid or FAMIS

  • SignUpNow Workshops: Lean to provide hands-on assistance to individuals and families who want to apply for Medicaid or FAMIS. Hosted by the Virginia Health Care Foundation. (Check often, as new dates and locations will be added.)

SNAP online shopping programUsa tus beneficios de SNAP para comprar comida en linea

Helpful Learning Links

  • YouTube Channels:

    • Numberblocks- This is a show aimed at preschoolers. This show sparks young children's interest in mathematics. 

    • Math with Mr. J- The simple animation, designed to look like drawings on a chalkboard, combined with the teacher's serious voice-over explanations, makes concepts easy to understand. 

    • Math Antics- This YouTube channel has lessons on everything from algebra to statistics.

  • Apps

    • Photomath- https://photomath.app/en/

      • How does this App work? -You start by aiming your smartphone camera at the equation and pressing the shutter button. In an instant, the app displays the answer, along with step-by-step instructions on how to solve it.  After a free seven-day trial, users can opt for different packages. A yearly subscription fee costs $59.00 to receive premium features such as problem-solving animation.

    • Brainly- https://brainly.com/

      • It is a crowdsourcing app which allows kids to search for answers to questions or pose questions, and receive answers from fellow students.  This online community is moderated by 1,500 subject matter experts and Artificial Intelligence to ensure the step-by-step explanations are correct.

  • Websites

    • Khan Academy -https://www.khanacademy.org/ - This nonprofit offers free online courses in nearly every subject and level for K-12 students, including AP courses. This is a well known free online educational resource. A pioneer in high quality free online lessons.

    • Numberock- https://numberock.com/  This site contains music videos that teach elementary-level math concepts and printable worksheets and games.

  • Computer Science and Programming sites

    • https://www.codevirginia.org/ - A site to learn computer science, including programming. It includes scholarships for summer programs.  

    • https://scratch.mit.edu/ - A site created by the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology - MIT- to learn computer programming through Scratch, a cool program set up by MIT.

    • https://code.org/  - A site to learn computer science and programming.

  • One-on-One Math and Science Tutoring

    • The Black Student Fund - https://blackstudentfund.org/ (cost free)

    • The Latino Student Fund - https://latinostudentfund.org/ (cost free)

    • Junior Scholars - https://www.jscholars.org/ (cost free)

    • Thinkster Math - https://hellothinkster.com/ -Children in kindergarten grade through 12 complete an app-based assessment of their math skills.  A teaching coach uses it to develop a personalized learning plan, with interactive worksheets and video tutorials.  A coach reviews the child's work to provide feedback and tracks progress. There is a free one-week trial, after which various subscription models are offered.

    • GoPeerhttps://gopeer.org/  This online tutoring service pairs K-12 students with college students.  The service requires an annual or monthly subscription, plus a $20-an-hour tutoring fee that goes to the student tutor.

 

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation offers scholarships to promising low-income students starting at seventh grade.  Please find a link to the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation-  https://www.jkcf.info/

The JKC Foundation offers three different types of scholarships.  The one applicable to raising seventh graders is the Young Scholars Program which consists of a four-year program in preparation for college.

The students who are selected through a competitive process at a national level will receive starting at eighth grade:

1.    Individualized mentorships every other week aimed at developing and implementing a plan to achieve the student’s goals and aspirations.

2.    Summer camps, including airfare tickets, lodging, and meals.

3.    Technological support, including laptops.

4.    Internships

 

Please find included two videos (one in English and one in Spanish) describing this very interesting opportunity for rising 7th graders. 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSB70Jp1IvQ  

 

https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=mcafee&ei=UTF-8&p=jack+kent+cooke+young+scholars&type=E210US714G0#id=28&vid=c60b0f806830c0a03119ba0e10f43e25&action=view

 

Who Can Apply?

-       7th graders

-       Students have to submit their report cards for 6th grade. It is recommended to obtain good grades – although due to the Covid19 crisis, this requirement will be reviewed.

-       Students should be a resident of the U.S. and plan to attend high school in the U.S.

-       Students must demonstrate unmet financial need.  Family or parent has to prove an Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) no more than $95,000 for each of three consecutive taxable years.  Tax returns or other means of verification are required.

 

Three Selection Criteria

-       Academic achievement (passion for learning, desire to be challenged)

-       Persistence: goals, drive, commitment, face and overcome obstacles, and strong desire to succeed

-       Leadership: initiative and participation in the community and motivated to help others.

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Application Checklist

-       The application is exclusively ONLINE (students and their families may ask for assistance in filing the application.)

-       There is an application portal where a student inserts his or her information.

-       Parents/guardians also have to insert information.

-       Applicants upload their report cards from 6th and 7th grade (applicable quarter.)

-       Applicants upload two letters of recommendation: one from a teacher and one from a person who has personal knowledge of the student.

-       Applicants insert information about activities, honors, and awards.

-       Application portal includes three short questions and one essay from the application prompt.

-       Family has to upload financial information about household income (for example, three tax returns or other documents to prove financial need – AGI of $95,000 per year for three consecutive years cannot be exceeded).  

 

Timeframe for Application:  Usually it is from mid-January towards the end of the month of March of the next year.

Links to Community Services

Parent Empowerment Services (PES)  

Parent Empowerment Services (PES) include all of the programs that Edu-Futuro provides for free to help parents address issues that may be hindering positive family functioning, financial stability and adaptation to life in the United States.  Edu-Futuro offers evidence-based curriculums, workshops and individual case management services that empower immigrant parents to become more involved in their children’s lives and education, help improve financial security, and strengthen interfamily cohesiveness.

 

NCS Connects

NCS Connects, your virtual resource for youth, teens, parents and guardians!

Each weekday, you'll find live, pre-recorded or self-guided activities to keep students engaged and entertained. Let's keep the learning going from home for students in grades 1-6 and 7-12!

 

Fairfax County Public Library

Lifelong education and learning opportunities made available through the Fairfax County Public Library