SPOT 127, KJZZ’s Youth Media Center is proud to announce that Avnet, a global technology company, has granted the organization $10,000 in funding. Avnet’s philanthropic and employee volunteer program, called Avnet Cares, strives to meet the needs of communities while also building a culture of hands-on volunteering within the company.
These dollars are critical as SPOT 127 continues to give high school students the opportunity to gain digital media skills necessary in today’s economy. Teen participants develop state-of-the-art skills in graphics, video and audio production, digital photography, social media, and more. With the skills gained in SPOT 127’s innovative after-school program, students report increased self-esteem, job opportunities, and internship options.
Friends of Public Radio Arizona (FPRAZ) Board Member Stacy Mendez comments,“I’m thrilled that AVNET is supporting this unique high school program that offers teens the opportunity to increase their tech knowledge to better preparing them for post-secondary work and/or education.”
“Students describe SPOT as a ‘welcoming environment for learning digital media and leadership skills’,” says Linda Pastori, Associate Vice President, Division of Public Service and Executive Director, Friends of Public Radio Arizona. "Some students return as production assistants and others have gone on to receive college degrees in digital media and have successfully pursued careers in the field. We appreciate AVNET’s support of this valuable program.”