Summary of partners

org name Website description City State
PCs for People www.pcsforpeople.com/

Since 1998, PCs for People has been a driving force behind digital inclusion efforts in across the US. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, our mission is to provide a technology access that offers employment and educational opportunities to low-income individuals, families with children, and those with disabilities.

Their services include free end-of-life IT asset management and certified data sanitization, technology refurbishing, computer distribution, computer repair, internet service, tech education, and free electronic recycling. Through an unwavering commitment to the communities they serve, they have distributed over 60,000 computers, subscribed thousands of families to low cost internet, and recycled millions of pounds of electronics.

They have facilities in St. Paul, Denver, and Mankato, MN, where they were founded. They serve 200 people a day coming through their doors, low income families looking for computers, computer repair, or Internet service.

In addition to shipping nationwide, PCs for People has partnered with Mobile Beacon to offer a free platform that allows non-profits to offer affordable, high-quality refurbished computers and Mobile Beacon’s unlimited, high-speed internet service for as low as $10/month.

St. Paul Minnesota
PEC Center for Digital Inclusion and Technology People\’s Emergency Center & Center for Digital Inclusion and Technology, http://cditech.org

In February 2003 People’s Emergency Center created the Digital Inclusion (DI) program to help bridge the digital divide in West Philadelphia. Through DI programs, students of all ages develop the technology skills necessary for success in the 21st century. To accomplish its mission DI provides free courses in computer and internet literacy to local residents. Upon completing the course, qualified students may receive free or low-cost computers . Additionally, DI promotes viable, low-cost broadband internet access for the people  it serves. The DI program uses a three-pronged strategy to advance information technology literacy:​

They offer free computer training at every level: Computer and Internet Class (CIC) takes adult learners through basic computer operations and OS concepts, internet navigation, email usage, MS Office applications, and the effective use of social networking applications.  Tech St@rs (TS) is an after-school program for students from neighborhood elementary schools. It employs a proven web-delivered  tech literacy curriculum along with interactive group projects to reinforce  computer basics. The Teen Technology Network (TTN) offers West Philadelphia teens the chance to learn advanced computer skills and media training. Our programs offer the students the chance to develop or improve their command of computer literacy, financial literacy, multimedia productions and leadership skills. In addition, we provide “Pop-up” labs with tablets and netbooks to deliver workshops and open access in the classrooms or community centers.

CDIT gives free computers to youth participants who successfully complete a TS or TTN training course and direct adult learners to local low-cost refurbished computer resources.

CDIT promotes viable free and low-cost broadband options and informs participants on pertinent government services and community-based resources on the Internet.

Philadelphia PA
Peer to Peer University (P2PU) Peer to Peer University

Peer 2 Peer University (or simply P2PU) is a non-profit organization that facilitates equitable learning beyond institutional walls. Founded in 2008, P2PU has grown into a distributed community of educators, librarians, activists, policy-makers, and technologists. P2PU trains librarians and community leaders to facilitate learning in their neighborhoods, develops and curates open educational resources and software, and champions related causes including open education, digital equity, and public libraries.

San Francisco California
People’s Resource Center PeoplesRC.org

The PRC Computer Access and Training Program provides free classes in computer skills and software, including Intro to Computers, Windows Fundamentals, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

As a Microsoft Registered Refurbisher, PRC takes donated computers and refurbishes them for distribution to people who need a home computer.

The Dr. Fix-It program provides free repairs on home computers for PRC clients.

Wheaton Illinois
San DIego Futures Foundation San Diego Futures Foundation

San Diego Futures Foundation works to improve lives in San Diego County by making information technology available to underserved populations by providing technology equipment, training, support, IT outsourcing, and digital media services to nonprofit organizations, disadvantaged small businesses, low-income households, people with disabilities, and seniors.

San Diego California
St. Paul Neighborhood Network St Paul Neighborhood Network

Founded in 1984 to offer a media voice to underrepresented people, SPNN is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit that has since grown to harness its unique media tools, digital communications expertise, and spirit of innovation to elevate community media arts to a new level, becoming a national model. SPNN improves community social, civic, and economic equity via the transformative art of media making and 21st century skill-building. Their mission is: to empower people to use media and communications to better lives, use authentic voice, and build common understanding. They utilize the power of technology to:

  • Develop the personal and artistic expression of underrepresented people in media.
  • Foster arts experimentation and collaboration among young people, emerging artists, and partners.
  • Create meaningful connections between diverse arts voices and the broader community.
  • Increase 21st century work-readiness skills of underserved youth and adults.

Saint Paul Minnesota
TechBoomers TechBoomers

Techboomers.com is a free educational website that teaches older adults and others with limited computer skills how to use the most popular websites and apps on the Internet.

Waterloo Ontario
TechnoCycle TechnoCycle

Within the for-profit company, Technocycle has a a community outreach program which provides a free computer to all incoming First Graders attending Berry Elementary, an Environmental Science Magnet School located in North East Houston. Each student receives  an Internet-enabled computer equipped with Windows 2007 operating system, Office 2007, Anti Virus software, and Internet Filtration Software.

Technocycle is working with outside sponsors to underwrite the cost of providing Internet access to the students, working with Berry Elementary, a non-profit organization.

Houston Texas
Technology Learning Collaborative of Philadelphia Technology Learning Collaborative

The mission of the Technology Learning Collaborative is to sustain a robust network of community-based organizations doing digital literacy work, to improve and expand programming across Philadelphia, share and promote member resources to the wider communities they serve, offer professional training and development for member staff, collaborate on high priority interest areas, and advocate for projects and programs that promote digital literacy and reduce the digital divide. As a professional association TLC brings together agencies with diverse missions to accomplish common goals through digital literacy programming. Here are some of the things they do:

  • Develop programmatic areas, including GED/ABE, Adult Literacy, Workforce Development
  • Share resources, program information, digital literacy instructors
  • Convene regularly to improve and test new ideas with other TLC members through the TLC Series, a set of quarterly trainings and an annual conference on digital literacy and instruction
  • Identify volunteer needs and placement opportunities for digital literacy work
  • Promote programs that promote digital literacy and equitable Internet access

Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Technology System Solutions Technology System Solutions

Technology System Solutions (TSS) is a non-profit organization committed to helping the under-resourced neighborhoods, and the organizations that serve them, have access to and use of information and communication technology.

Premised on the belief that substantive, supported access to technology will be a powerful catalysts and incentive for all to pursue their life, education and employment goals, our mission is to ensure that all families regardless of income, have access to information technology and the capacity to take advantage of the academic, economic, and social opportunities that today’s technology affords.

Sanford North Carolina