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Digital documents for the homeless

Have you ever misplaced an important piece of paper, like a birth certificate or an identification card? A hassle, yes, but not that big a deal. Now imagine if you were homeless. People struggling with homelessness are routinely asked to show documentation in order to access services. However, this documentation is easily lost or destroyed, and it is often difficult and costly to produce the information needed when it’s needed most. Seattle nonprofit, Springwire, worked […]

Iu-Mien American Association Launches a New Computer Literacy Program

With support from the Technology Matching Fund to install state-of-the-art laptops, Iu-Mien now provides computer access at their Southeast Seattle location. Volunteers play a key role in providing computer instruction for those looking to become more employable in the market place. Upcoming trainings include Computer and Internet Basics, Email, YouTube, Facebook, Craigslist and Microsoft Word. They also offer computer tutoring on Tuesdays and Thursdays for children ages Kindergarten through high school enrolled in their After […]

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Filipino Community Center Offers a STEAM Lab Program for Low Income Youth

The Filipino Community of Seattle is offering a technology instruction project for up to 50 youths starting this Fall. The program is called STEAM Lab, an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. It will expose kids to computer literacy and robotics. Students will also learn essential life skills training, collaboratively working in project-based teams, and developing problem solving skills. Inspiring Technology Careers The organization hopes to raise awareness not only about the challenges that […]

Technology Matching Fund featured on CityStream

The Seattle Channel’s weekly magazine show, CityStream, featured Community Technology. Hear the inspiring stories of how the Technology Matching Fund empowers people to reach their goals. Entrepreneurs Rick Guy and Iris Hastheease work together to grow their businesses at the Rainier Vista Tech Center. Hanna Negussie helps newly arrived immigrants at the Ethiopian Community Center use technology not available in their home country. Lisa Maurer’s limited vision doesn’t hold her back from sharing her digital […]

City awards Technology Matching Funds to 24 community groups

Over 70 community representatives came to City Hall on Aug 7th to share about the amazing work they do helping Seattle’s most vulnerable residents gain technology access and skills. Councilmember Bruce Harrell’s committee unanimously approved funding $320,000 in Technology Matching Funds to support their efforts. From finding a job to thriving in school “Technology is needed for everything we do” said Eritrean community member, Kiflemariam Sequar, who plans to use the funds to provide a […]

Salmon Culture Meets Game Programming

Fall off a rock and maybe you’ll be lucky enough to be rescued by the salmon people! It’s really fun when it’s one of the many video games developed by a group of youth in the Gen7 program. Fifteen Native American youth learned about native culture and salmon through storytellers, a look at art and images of Native culture from area tribes, and a visit to the Muckleshoot tribal salmon hatchery. They then learned how […]

Gay City Health Project Offers Computer Access

Gay City Health Project is a multicultural gay men’s health organization that promotes wellness in LGBT communities by providing health services, connecting people to resources, fostering arts, and building community. The Gay City LGBT Resource Center in the Michael C. Weidemann library provides a safe and accessible place for the LGBT community to connect with the resources they need. With support from the Technology Matching Fund in 2012 Gay City expanded the LGBT Resource Center to […]

OneAmerica Finds Success with Digital Approach to Language Learning

OneAmerica provided a 13-week series English Innovations classes this winter, with support from the 2013 Technology Matching Fund, for immigrants living and working in Seattle. Twenty-four immigrants learned a combination of English and technology skills through English Innovations’ unique blended program model. During weekly classes, a technology coach and dedicated volunteers assisted students with basic computer and Internet skills, as well as English grammar and conversation. Students used language-learning software provided by Livemocha, a Rosetta Stone-like online […]

East African Youth Share Journeys, Learn English With Digital Book

The digital book Tarikna is an amazing journey for readers and for its 14 youth authors from Eritrea, Somalia and Ethiopia. Tarikna was produced through a combined English literacy and digital media program by the YTech Program at the Metrocenter YMCA of Seattle with the Seattle Public Library and Horn of Africa Services. For the 14 exceptional participants, the first parts of their journeys are the stories they share in Tarikna of leaving their home […]