BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Students in the East Baton Rouge School System will be receiving iPads from the 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge to improve literacy.

The organization is giving 500 iPads to EBR Schools students in its “BRidging the Gap” initiative. School leaders and 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge held a presser at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11 about the initiative.

“The 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge are truly excited to work alongside our local school district. We are committed to providing resources and leading the conversation toward solving a component of literacy that is affected due to technological barriers,” said Michael Adams, president and chairman of the 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge.

The initiative aims to bridge the gap in technology and literacy for underserved students. According to EBR Schools, the organization will be mentoring students with its “My Brother Can Read” program.

“We are thrilled to launch this initiative to provide support to our students as we work to remove barriers to learning through Apple products and mentorship from 100 Black Men. This access to creativity and learning tools and mentorship will undoubtedly prove beneficial to our students as we tackle the digital divide that affects learning head-on,” stated EBR Schools Superintendent Dr. Sito Narcisse.

EBR Schools said the use of iPads will improve students’ critical thinking skills and increase their access to information.