2017 Technology Matching Fund Projects

Coalition for Refugees from Burma

Nexus DigiLab for Parent-School Engagement

Provide computer literacy classes at Bailey Gatzert Elementary and Seattle World School and offer parent technology mentoring classes to support skill building for parents, students, and community members.  

Award $49,845

Education for All

Digital Citizenship and Communication Project

Establish a computer lab for East Africans offering workshops in computer usage, productivity software, internet citizenship, digital self-sufficiency and youth engagement.    

Award: $15,000

Ethiopian Community in Seattle

ECS Digital Equity Project

Upgrade the computer lab to provide the Ethiopian community with basic computer literacy classes for seniors and after-school computer science classes for youth. Share information on accessing free or low-cost Internet services.   

Award: $9,000

Full Life Care

Technology Access Enhancement Project

Expand the mobile lab to teach technology classes at nine more Seattle Housing Authority buildings.  Update vital assistive technologies at the STAR Center and Full Life Care Art Studio. Provide accessibility training and best practices to 6 low-income communities.

Award: $48,561

Horn Of Africa Services

Enhancing East Africans' Access to Technology

Upgrade a computer lab serving over 200 East African community members. Train home childcare providers to use computers to improve their business and financial operations. Equip high school students with computer programming skills and laptops.

Award: $49,945

Kin On Community Health Care

Expanding the Senior-Friendly Kin On SmartLab

Expand the Kin On SmartLab, a senior-friendly technology lab designed to enable Asian seniors aged 60+ to increase technology and health literacy, prevent social isolation and increase access to healthcare and digital resources. Offer mobile technology classes and increase one-on-tutoring and drop-in lab hours.      

Award: $18,225

LaunchCode

LC101 Seattle: Training for Technology Jobs

Provide a free 20-week computer programming class that enables people with barriers to employment in technology to gain highly marketable tech skills and transition to a good paying career in the industry.

Award: $7,000

North Seattle Boys & Girls Club branch of Boys & Girls Clubs of King County

Wallingford Boys & Girls Club Technology Update

Install a new 14 desktop computer lab for 250 low-income youth to use for homework help, hands-on learning activities, coding, robotics, teen employment workshops and photo editing/graphic design/filmmaking.

Award: $16,034

OneAmerica

English and Digital Skills for Citizenship

Engage limited English-proficient adult immigrants in the Chinatown-International District in increasing digital literacy skills alongside English language acquisition in a community-based setting.

Award: $25,000

Senior Center of West Seattle

2017 Technology Matching Fund 

Upgrade an outdated 10-station computer lab with new equipment to provide seniors and community members with current technology training and Wi-Fi access. 

Award: $13,391

Somali Family Safety Task Force

East African Women Basic Computer Literacy Project

Create a mobile lab to teach East African women basic computer literacy in partnership with Seattle Public Library in New Holly.  Give these women tools to earn a living wage, become more engaged in their children's education and lessen isolation and stress by digitally connecting to friends and family overseas.

Award: $27,120

South Park Information and Resource Center

Aula Digital en Accion - ADA

Empower South Park residents to gain and teach basic technology skills to 75 non-English speakers. Help immigrant Latino community members use technology to access jobs and make their small businesses more competitive.

Award: $49,949

STEMPaths Innovation Network

Project SMARTi in the Dunlap Elementary Community

Expand a program that provides math and reading interventions infused with Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) to students at Dunlap Elementary. Pilot a brick and mortar community-focused makerspace.

Award: $33,500

The West African Community Council

Empowering West Africans with Technology

Develop a mobile lab to increase digital literacy and access to technology in the West African community. Conduct a broad outreach campaign to increase access to free or low cost broadband through a partnership with 16 West African community associations. 

Award: $49,998

Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience

Mobile Digital Media Lab for Low-Income Youth

Establish a mobile lab to provide Asian Pacific American youth with digital illustration and graphic design training. Students will work with professional teaching artists to publish their own artwork, while exploring their identity and place in the community.

Award: $17,432