2009 Technology Matching Fund Projects
Parents trained as peer leaders will be equipped with laptops for home visits to Latino parents. Parents will learn how to access online information about their children’s education. Laptops will also be used as a “portable classroom” to offer computer literacy trainings for parents in Spanish.
Center Park Resident Council
(Seattle Housing Authority facility)
Rite of Passage
The assistive technology computer lab will be upgraded and new employment and independent living skills training will be provided for young adults ages 17 to 24. The participants will then conduct disability awareness workshops at Franklin and Garfield high schools. Upgrades include webcams for sign language use, screen reading software, software helping arm and hand motor control challenged, and a text-to-voice portable device. Award: $19,900
Denny Terrace Apartments
(Seattle Housing Authority facility)
Computer Mini Lab Project
A new mini two-computer lab will be installed and training provided to help low income and disabled residents enhance their computer skills, gain access to vital resources online, and increase their self-sufficiency.
East African Arts and Culture Association
Multimedia Resources & Training Institute
Outdated computers will be replaced and multimedia design software purchased to provide youth and families in Central and South Seattle with training in graphic design, video production, and DVD development.
East African Community Services
Whole Families Literate
ESL software will be installed and youth will be provided with after-school support. Parents will receive Internet use and safety training. Families will receive computer literacy and employment training.
Greenwood Senior Center - Phinney Neighborhood Association
Community Technology Center-Assistive Technology
The existing center will be enhanced with keyboards, trackballs and adjustable work stations to better provide computer training and mentoring to low vision, limited mobility or wheelchair users. Programs include Wired for Learning and Seniors Teaching Seniors.
Computers for Unemployed
Out of work adults on public assistance who complete the Community Jobs Training programs through WorkSource will receive refurbished computers.
Computer literacy instruction will be provided to low income adult learners, including immigrant and refugee newcomers, parents, mothers in a residential chemical dependency treatment program and seniors, on-site and at various community locations using a mobile computer lab.
Rainier Vista Technology Center - Community Engagement Project
This grant will help fund programs providing basic and employment computer skills, a pc for kids program, ESL and technology classes and teen digital media programs. A volunteer program and partnerships with local businesses, schools, and community institutions will be strengthened.
North Seattle Family Center - Children’s Home Society of Washington
Cyber Learning Center
An aging computer lab will be upgraded to provide low- income and limited English speakers with job readiness, ESL, life skills, and computer skills training through one-on-one technology tutoring and/or small group instruction.
Media Apprentice Program
Teen girls will gain professional video production experience through the Media Apprentice Program by producing, directing, and editing six videos for local nonprofits to webcast and air on SCAN and Comcast On Demand.
Refugee Women’s Alliance
Stepping Stones ESL
Students enrolled in English as a Second Language classes will gain computer-assisted language instruction, basic computer skills training with an employment focus, and computer-based civic engagement opportunities with new computers and language software.
Seattle Indian Center
New computers will enhance the classroom instruction for at-risk/after-school students in the high school reentry program and in elementary school. The project will also establish an Information Center for working poor men who stay at the center’s inn.
Senior Center of West Seattle
Computer Lab Upgrade
The existing computer lab will be upgraded to provide seniors with instruction in computer basics, Internet search, Word processing, spreadsheets and graphics.
Southeast Seattle Senior Center
Multicultural Computer Literacy Program
Culturally competent computer classes will be offered to seniors, adults under 60, and recent African immigrants in Rainier Valley.
Wallingford Community Senior Center
Upgrade & Program Development Project
Seniors and low-income residents will receive basic computing and Internet, Word, photography, computer maintenance and back-up, and other training with replacement of outdated computers and enhanced curricula.
WAPI Community Services
Filipino Community Center of Seattle
A media lab will be created at the newly remodeled Filipino Community Center. Youth will learn how to set up and maintain the lab, and learn digital art and media skills. Youth will also provide technology workshops for elders.
YMCA of Greater Seattle - Meredith Mathews East Madison Branch
A mobile multimedia training lab will be created and used to offer quarterly technology trainings to youth at five Seattle public middle schools. Trainings will include online safety, Internet research, digital photography, video production, media literacy, effective communication, graphics, social networking, blogging and podcasting.
Youth Media Institute
Step Up! Youth Leadership Pathway
Students, ages 13-18, will learn and apply intermediate and advanced technology media skills; including blogging, zine making, video, photography, design and radio. Skills will be used to advocate for their communities, and to engage additional youth in community media.