LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A Los Angeles woman, who was recently recognized by President Barack Obama as a “Champion of Change”, trains local high school students for the real world.

Daphne Bradford, the founder and president of the nonprofit organization Mother of Many (M.O.M.), was at at Dorsey High School, 3537 Farmdale Ave., Thursday preparing students for college and the 21st century workforce.

“My goal is to bring computer science education and classes to every LAUSD school, particularly here in South LA,” she said.

M.O.M., which has been reaching out to under-served students since 2006, provides innovative technology training and certification opportunities to K-12 students to try and bridge, what she calls, “the great digital divide”.

“There are some kids that have never touched a tablet,” she said. “How can that be? This is 2014.”

Bradford, who has not only been recognized by the White House, but also by Microsoft and Apple, said she discovered the great power of technology and its importance to young leaders after a radio interview with civil rights icon Rosa Parks in the 1990s.

“She learned how to send email in her 80s,” she recalled. “I didn’t like email. But I said, if Rosa Parks is sending email, maybe I need to check it out.”


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