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Technology Matching Fund Application Process is Open

The City of Seattle offers funding to improve digital equity  The Technology Matching Fund grants will be offered for the 21st year in a row to organizations in Seattle SEATTLE (March 12, 2018)— The City of Seattle Technology Matching Fund program invites community organizations and nonprofits to apply for grants… [ Keep reading ]

Seattle Information Technology recognized at NATOA Awards in Seattle

Big honors were given out to Seattle IT at this year’s annual conference of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) which took place in Seattle in September. The Digital Engagement Team was honored with two awards. Seattle IT’s Strategic Plan for Facilitating Equitable Access to Wireless Broadband… [ Keep reading ]

City of Seattle Awards $430,000 for Digital Equity

The Seattle City Council today, August 7, voted unanimously to award $430,000 in Technology Matching Funds to 15 local organizations. Technology Matching Fund projects are part of the City’s Digital Equity Initiative that works to increase connectivity, digital skills training, and provides devices and technology support. “We are committed to closing… [ Keep reading ]

The City of Seattle Wins Two National Awards for Digital Equity

The Seattle Information Technology Department was honored with two awards by the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA). Seattle IT’s Strategic Plan for Facilitating Equitable Access to Wireless Broadband was awarded the 2017 Community Broadband Strategic Plan of the Year. The Technology Matching Fund was awarded the 2017… [ Keep reading ]

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 ]

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 ]