Media Advisory

UnidosUS and Verizon to Announce Grant Funding for Improving Digital Literacy Among Latinos

October 25, 2019

CHICAGO—On Wednesday, October 30, UnidosUS and Verizon will join UnidosUS Affiliate Northwest Side Housing Center in Chicago to announce grant funding for the new Latinos @ Work program, which aims to improve digital literacy rates among Latino workers across the country. Janet Murguía, UnidosUS President and CEO, Craig Silliman, Verizon’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel, and James Rudyk, Northwest Side Housing Center’s Executive Director, will deliver remarks regarding the new program as well as challenges, opportunities and ways to increase digital literacy among Latino workers.

In partnership with Verizon, UnidosUS and its Affiliates have developed digital learning centers in Chicago and three additional cities which will be equipped with mobile technologies, curriculum and professional services to help program participants become more digitally competent in the workforce. Over the last several decades, digital literacy has become a key skill necessary to succeed in the workplace. Today, 53 percent of U.S. jobs are “middle-skill” jobs, meaning they require some education beyond a high school diploma, but not a four-year degree. Statistically, eight of out 10 of these jobs require digital skills. The Latinos @ Work Program will focus on providing participants with these skills so they can advance in the workforce.

The event is open to media who RSVP to UnidosUS at


WHAT:UnidosUS and Verizon grant announcement for new Latinos @ Work digital literacy program
WHEN:Wednesday, October 30, 2019
10:30–11:00 a.m. CDT
WHERE:New Life Covenant Church
5100 W Diversey Ave.
Chicago, IL 60639
WHO:Janet Murguía, President and CEO, UnidosUS
Craig Silliman, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Verizon
James Rudyk, Executive Director, Northwest Side Housing Center

UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos at the national and local levels. For more than 50 years, UnidosUS has united communities and different groups seeking common ground through collaboration, and that share a desire to make our country stronger. For more information on UnidosUS, visit or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

About Verizon

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York City, generated revenues of $130.9 billion in 2018. The company operates America’s most awarded wireless network and the nation’s premier all-fiber network, and delivers integrated solutions to businesses worldwide. With brands like Yahoo, TechCrunch and HuffPost, the company’s media group helps consumers stay informed and entertained, communicate and transact, while creating new ways for advertisers and partners to connect. Verizon’s corporate responsibility prioritizes the environmental, social and governance issues most relevant to its business and impact to society.