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Connected Nation works with a variety of national, state and local organizations and leading IT companies to promote broadband access, adoption, and use throughout the United States.  These efforts are an integral part of Connected Nation's services as we continue to promote stronger communities and markets.

COMPUTERS 4 KIDS

Computers 4 Kids (C4K) is an ECO initiative designed to leverage technology for the benefit of vulnerable children in Tennessee. C4K is putting brand new computers into the hands of children in the foster care system and in households facing economic challenges. In addition to household computers, C4K is also providing computers and other technologies to non-profit organizations that work to enhance the lives of vulnerable students and families in their area. With the computer labs, these non-profit groups are able to offer programs that teach, serve, and impact youth in Tennessee.

The goal of the project is to showcase the many educational, healthcare, economic, and communication benefits of broadband use, and to encourage adoption by residents statewide.

Program Facts:

  • To date, C4K has provided over 2,100 computers to vulnerable children and families across Tennessee.

  • C4K is working with the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services to provide computers to children in the foster care system. Described as “a helping hand, not a handout,” C4K targets high school-aged children recommended by their case managers based on specified behavioral and academic expectations.

  • The program has also provided computers to families who have successfully completed The Department of Human Services Families First Program – a short-term assistance program for families experiencing financial difficulties. These computers assisted families as they got back on their feet and began job searching, learning basic computing skills, and participating in the economic and civic opportunities presented by the Internet.

  • In October 2009, the Northeast Tennessee Technology Council recognized C4K with a “Community Service” award for commitment of time and resources to improve the community through technology.

  • The program recently received $2.3 million in federal funding to provide computers and technology training to youth “aging out” of the foster care system and in Boys & Girls Clubs across Tennessee.

 

Computers 4 Kids, previously known as No Child Left Offline (NCLO), began in 2005 as a computer refurbishing program that was developed as part of the Kentucky Prescription for Innovation, a comprehensive effort to drive economic development through broadband technology. The partnership between Kentucky’s Finance and Administration Cabinet, Kentucky Correctional Industries, and ConnectKentucky refurbished state surplus computers and placed them in the homes of families on the Free and Reduced Lunch Program in economically distressed counties of Kentucky. The program ensured that thousands of state computers were saved from landfills and refurbished for the benefit of families. The program has expanded to include the distribution of brand new computers to community anchor organizations (such as community centers, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs, and libraries) to support them as they provide services to vulnerable populations.

Program Facts:

  • To date, C4K has provided over 3,100 computers to vulnerable children and families across Kentucky.

  • C4K received funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to distribute over 2,500 computers to middle school students on the Free and Reduced Lunch Program in about 20 Distressed ARC counties. These distributions were coupled with awareness events.

  • The program has distributed computers to over 30 community anchor institutions in Kentucky. These organizations provide afterschool programming for vulnerable students and their families.

  • Computers 4 Kids leveraged over $2.6 million in cash and in-kind contributions from organizations including Microsoft Corporation, Lexmark International, CA International, American Electric Power Foundation, Environmental Protection Cabinet, Duke Energy, AT&T Foundation, Louisville Metro Council, Hilliard Lyons, Appalachian Regional Commission, University of Louisville, Morehead State University, and iKeepSafe.

  • Recognizing the progressive vision of Computers 4 Kids, the Southern Growth Policy Board (SGPB) awarded ConnectKentucky with its 2006 Innovator Award, citing C4K as an innovative initiative that empowered Kentucky families, one household at a time.

 

Every Citizen Online

Connect Ohio has implemented a statewide broadband training program, Every Citizen Online (ECO), in order to increase sustainable broadband adoption in Ohio. The project provides free computer training sessions at public libraries, community colleges, community organizations, and educational centers throughout Ohio and teaches new users how to access the Internet and how to best utilize all the Internet has to offer.

The goal of the project is to showcase the many educational, healthcare, economic, and communication benefits of broadband use, and to encourage adoption by residents statewide. Currently, just 66% of Ohioans subscribe to a broadband service at their home.

The scope of this program includes:

  • 80,000 training hours

  • 280+ locations

  • 200,000 non-subscribing household participants

  • 75,000 incremental adopters

  • 2,000+ computers provided to libraries and community colleges

  • $10 million project, including $3 million in matching funds

  • 136 total jobs direct, indirect, and induced

  • 68 direct job-years

  • Extensive statewide public service announcement campaign

  • $31 million in incremental annual subscription revenue for broadband

The program launched in December 2010 and will continue for a period of two to three years.

For more information or to find a training location near you, call us at 1-855-669-4226 or e-mail info@connectohio.org

 

 

THE EVERY COMMUNITY ONLINE program has some core elements:

Training 

Starting with easy-to-use video or slide-based coursework, our training covers computer basics, Internet fundamentals, and applied Internet use. After completing the basic training, students can move into a wide array of topics from jobs to education, healthcare, or further computer knowledge. The training may be self-guided or instructor-led, and Connected Nation can help oversee instructor-led programs.

Partnership

Whether you’re a library, a social-service organization, foundation, community-minded business, or non-profit, we will work with you to provide the solutions you need to help people learn to use technology to create better lives.

Low Cost Equipment and Broadband

Once training is completed, students will have access to special offers for low-cost computer equipment and discounted broadband service.

Lab-in-a-Box®

Connected Nation can provide a discounted, turn-key, training lab solution for your organization, including refurbished or new computers, presentation equipment, training curriculum, and broadband service, all available at non-profit rates.

Interested in learning more? Check out this Every Community Online brochure or contact us at info@connectednation.org. You can also visit http://www.connectednation.org/every-community-online.

 

Connect 2 Compete:

In October 2011, FCC Chairman Genachowski announced the creation of “Connect to Compete,” a new nonprofit initiative.  This is a first-of-its-kind national effort to address the barriers to broadband adoption, digital literacy and the employment skills gap.  In addition, he announced an FCC proposal to launch a Digital Literacy Corps.

Connected Nation is a strategic advisor in this project and is joined by a host of other organizations including Best Buy’s Geek Squad; Microsoft; Arise Virtual Solutions; CareerBuilder.com, Monster.com, Metrix Learning, Brain Fuse; Sesame, Discovery Education and several of the nation’s most effective grassroots community organizations.

To learn more, visit: http://connect2compete.org/