Spectrum recently presented Harlem’s Street Corner Resources (SCR) with a $5,000 donation to assist the organization’s online and other technology programs offered through its neighborhood Peace Café.

The donation was made as part of the fourth annual Street Corner Resources Day, a recognition of SCR’s work in the Harlem community and of its central headquarters location on West 145th Street.

“Street Corner Resources has long been in need of greater funding for the Peace Cafe, a place where young people come to perform, produce music, share their stories and just be themselves,” said Street Corner Resources CEO Iesha Sekou. “I am more than grateful that Spectrum chose our Peace Café as a place to support our internet technology and equipment needs. At a time when many young people do not have anything to do because of the COVID-related shutdown of schools, community centers and recreational outlets, Spectrum’s gift will help our young people engage in productive, safe and creative activities. I am also glad to see that Spectrum is making the internet available to the youth, to elders and to others in our community at an affordable rate through its Spectrum Internet Assist program.”

Founded in 2005, Street Corner Resources was developed out of a concern over growing gun violence and gang activity within Harlem’s youth. Through its staff and volunteers, SCR provides a multitude of programs and resources to help the area’s young people develop skills that will lead to successful careers and family lives.

“Spectrum’s business is all about connecting people,” said Spectrum’s Camille Joseph, Group Vice President, Government Affairs. “Our vast New York City communications network helps New Yorkers communicate, learn and build stronger communities. Our donation to SCR is consistent with that goal, since it will enable greater online learning and broader Internet capabilities for young people in Harlem. Having valuable and meaningful programs and assistance for our youth is an important element to having a safe community for ourselves and our children.”

Spectrum’s donation will go towards SCR’s Peace Café and will be used to purchase a variety of technical enhancements that will allow participants to take advantage of virtual programming and other online resources that are especially critical during the current COVID pandemic.