The Corporate Responsibility department works with hundreds of nonprofit organizations every year that fill a vital role in our communities around the world. All align with Symantec’s business, but none better than our long time partner, One Economy Corporation.
Take a nonprofit whose mission is to connect people all over the world to the Internet – providing computers, IT support, jobs, access to information in a new and innovative way to over 100,000 homes this year alone – and you have One Economy. For a company, like Symantec, whose existence so greatly depends on the Internet – that’s a great partner.
Over the last five years we have worked together to educate low income communities worldwide about Internet safety, managing your online reputation, and keeping your identity and personal information secure - allowing them to work and play freely in their newly connected world.
Building off of last year’s project to launch an India Beehive, a web portal providing residents in and around Pune India with technology information and resources on locally relevant themes, we are now embarking on the launch of a Community Connectors program in the same region. These Community Connectors will be teens and young adults, ages 16 to 25, who will be trained in leadership development, digital education, life skills management and community service. These Connectors will train their peers and community, creating informed computer and Internet users who will be less susceptible to internet threats than their uninformed counterparts. This program is new to India, but in the US more than 3,000 youth have been trained and placed into their communities. India plans to expand into five more states by 2014.
In mid-July, our employees at the Worldwide Sales and Marketing conference in Las Vegas heard about this program directly from One Economy’s President and CEO, Kelley Dunne. He joined our EVP of Worldwide Sales and Services, Bill Robbins, onstage at the closing ceremonies to highlight our partnership and future plans. Needless to say, the message was received - the crowd left motivated and many have all ready reached out to volunteer or learn more.
Jaime Barclay is Program Manager, Philanthropy & Community Relations, for Symantec Corporation.