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Voices of Tomorrow: Breaking down cultural barriers in child care

Voices of Tomorrow: Breaking down cultural barriers in child care Story by Joy Okot-Okidi Voices of Tomorrow has been serving East African childcare providers and their families for more than five years. The co-founders Zamzam Mohamed and Iftin Hagimohamed saw how a lack of cultural understanding in early learning was… [ Keep reading ]

Lazarus Day Center responds to homelessness crisis with devotion to service

Story by Hillary Sanders. The Lazarus computer lab gives visitors access to software like Microsoft Word and provides an internet connection for clients to engage in housing and job searching, communicating on social media, or just watching a YouTube video to unwind. The computer lab is currently accommodating between 50… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Housing Authority looks for ways tech can help us connect

Story by Hillary Sanders It was an especially cold December afternoon when I visited the STAR of Seattle in the Central District. I was greeted by Misha, a STAR volunteer, who was sitting at the front desk in a room full of purring computers.  STAR stands for Special Technology Access… [ Keep reading ]

East African Community Services proves representation is key to education

Story by Damme Getachew East African Community Services (EACS) is a lighthouse for hundreds of youth who simply want to succeed in education and life. It’s located in the New Holly Neighborhood Campus in Southeast Seattle, where more than 65 percent of residents are East African. As a first-generation Somali-American,… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle offers funding to increase digital equity 

The City of Seattle invites community organizations and nonprofits to apply for grants up to $50,000 each to help make Seattle a more digitally equitable community. The City seeks applications for projects that increase access to free or low-cost broadband, empower residents with digital literacy skills, and ensure affordable, available… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle’s ConnectHome: Connecting families to the internet

In July 2015, Seattle was selected by US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a pilot site for President Obama’s ConnectHome program.  The major goal of ConnectHome was to connect 35% of families with children K-12 living public housing with home connectivity to the internet.   The City of… [ Keep reading ]

Lake City organization is a quick study in teaching digital literacy to adults

Story by Damme Getachew For hundreds of adults in the Seattle area looking to expand their education, Literacy Source is a crucial first step. At their Learning Center in Lake City, students experience a broad range of classes intended to build their language and literacy skills. As Literacy Source Executive… [ Keep reading ]

Asian senior healthcare organization uses technology to fight social isolation of seniors

Story by Joy Okot-Okidi Founded in the 1980s as the first Chinese nursing home operated by the Chinese community in the nation,  Kin On now serves over 500 Asian seniors in the Greater Seattle area. Asian cultures hold a tradition for families to care for their own, according to Kin… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle’s Millionair Club Charity is a one-stop transition from the streets to a job

Story by Esmy Jimenez “Martin G. Johanson wanted everyone to feel like a millionaire whether they had a nickel in their pocket or nothing at all,” Executive Director Jim Miller tells me. In his quest to make this vision a reality, Seattle’s Millionair Club Charity (MCC) was formed in 1921…. [ Keep reading ]

Empowering immigrants and refugees through computer literacy

Story by Alia Marsha, The Seattle Globalist Imagine how hard it would be to access information and resources if you didn’t have computer skills. Now imagine if, on top of that, you have just moved to a foreign country and were still learning the predominant language. The goal for the… [ Keep reading ]