Toolkit Development for Computer Learning Centers
Digital Promise plans to use the Technology Matching Funds to enhance the scope and value of the consulting services it provides to existing computer learning centers (CTCs) located in affordable housing communities. The “Toolkit Development” project will develop an easy-to-implement “toolkit” that will assist CTC’s in developing effective programs and classes for their clients. Digital Promise will work in partnership with its member CTC’s to develop this toolkit and will receive volunteer technical assistance from ICF Consulting, a management, technology, and policy consulting firm.
Joe Diehl, President
Digital Promise is a Seattle-based non-profit organization dedicated to addressing the problem of the “digital divide,” the gulf that exists between those who have access to computers and the Internet and those who do not. Digital Promise focuses on the needs of residents in low-income, elderly and disabled housing communities. By promoting computer access and literacy where people live, Digital Promise strives to achieve its vision: a community in which people, regardless of economic or educational status, have equal access to computer technology.
Digital Promise provides a range of support services, including operating an ongoing hardware and software clearinghouse, providing technical training and instruction, assisting in grant-writing, and connecting computer centers and their staff with technical and moral support. The organization has helped start and maintain 50 computer labs, distributed an estimated $100,000 in hardware, equipment, software and technical assistance. A diverse and powerful coalition of people and resources, Digital Promise works in partnership with the private sector, community-based non-profits, government agencies, affordable housing centers and residents to realize the vision of a community where no one is left behind.