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Using Technology Programs in Community Development. Andrew Sears, Liza Cagua & Rob Robinson Association of Christian Community Computer Centers CCDA 2002. Outline. Why are technology programs important for community development? What are Christian community computer centers?

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using technology programs in community development

Using Technology Programs in Community Development

Andrew Sears, Liza Cagua

& Rob Robinson

Association of Christian

Community Computer Centers

CCDA 2002

outline
Outline
  • Why are technology programs important for community development?
  • What are Christian community computer centers?
  • Grant program for computers
  • Resources for computer centers
the problem of the digital divide
The Problem of the “Digital Divide”

Familiarity with technology is no longer optional for successfully maneuvering the modern society

  • Technology brings competitive advantages in everyday living
  • Over 65% of all jobs now require the use of computers

The “digital divide” is the gap that separates those with access and training on computers and the Internet from those without

  • As gaps in economic and educational opportunity have continued to widen, so has the Digital Divide
slide5

Computer Literacy and Technical Ability

  • What we all once were!
  • Intimidated by technology in general
  • No access
  • Perhaps places little value on computer skills

Non-User

Users

  • Can operate a PC
  • Uses word processing, spreadsheets
  • Email & surfs the internet
  • Online research, adv. Searches
  • General understanding of how
  • the computer works
  • Able to troubleshoot problems
  • Uses new technologies

Comfort level with technology

Power Users

  • Advanced troubleshooting
  • Tech aficionado
  • Career in IT

Expert

benefits to computer access and training
Benefits to Computer Access and Training

Economic Opportunity

Employment skills

Language & literacy, Creative outlets

  • Educational Advancement
  • Access to online resources and services

Personal Empowerment

Participation in online communities

Partnership & Support

the church and the digital divide

The term “Sunday School” originated from a major literacy drive by the church in the 1800’s

    • Books Basic Literacy
  • Computers Computer Literacy
The Church and the Digital Divide
christian community computer centers
Christian Community Computer Centers
  • Definition of Christian Community Computer Centers: any ministry using computers as an outreach to serve the community
    • There are over 2,000 community computer centers in the US and over 300 of these are Christian centers and the vast majority have developed in the last 5 years
    • Range from ministries with less than 5 computers to ministries with over 50 computers
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Computer

Refurbishing

Computer

Ministries

Entrepreneurship

Programs

Computer

Classes

Arts/Media Ministry

Churches

After School

Programs

Job Training

Teen Programs

Gospel Missions

Walk-in

Computer

Access

Adult Education

Christian

Community

Computer

Centers

outreach computer ministries
Outreach Computer Ministries
  • Outreach Computer Ministry
    • Defined: Outreach Computer ministries are teams of volunteers or staff that support community computer centers
    • Many churches can have “Outreach Computer Ministries” without having computer centers (good ratio is three computer ministries to one computer center)
    • Establishing Computer Ministries within churches provides a great opportunity for teens and adults to volunteer
  • Great partnership opportunity for suburban and urban churches
  • Classes provide good opportunity for volunteers
slide11

Media

Ministry

Sound

Team

Business

Ministries

Technology

Ministries

Arts/Graphics

Ministry

Computer

Ministry

(outreach)

Computer

Ministry

(internal)

Technology/

Business

Luncheons

Online Evangelism

ac4 grants partnership for computers
AC4 Grants Partnership for Computers
  • AC4 is working on a collaboration with the Beaumont Foundation which would provide new computers to existing tech programs
    • Beaumont will provide $350 million of computers to schools, community and faith-based groups in the next four years
    • Grants will range from $20,000-$100,000 each and be provided in the form of new equipment only (no cash).
grant program requirements
Grant Program: Requirements
  • Must have tech program in operation for one year before applying
  • Must be 501(c)(3) non-profit organization or have 170(c)(1) or 170(c)(2) status
  • Must have at least one full-time staff person to assist with tech program
  • Computers are intended to be used by program participants primarily rather than staff
  • Must be in first 25 states to apply in 2003 or second 25 in 2004 (see list on sheet)
grant program details
Grant Program: Details
  • Applications Due: February 28, 2003
  • No restrictions on faith
  • Christian schools may apply if serving primarily a low-income community (50%)
  • Organizations can collaborate on proposals if all will participate and benefit
    • Emphasis on collaborations with schools
grant program application process
Grant Program: Application Process
  • Current plan is to have sites apply to AC4 with final approval by Beaumont Foundation
  • Applications will be available online through link AC4’s website at www.ac4.org or at www.bmtfoundation.org
  • Start writing now
grant program details17
Grant Program Details
  • $24.5 million available in 2003 to community groups (likely same in 2004)
    • Will result in 70-330 grants
    • We expect over 1,000 applicants
  • Likely to have close to $49 million available each year to community groups in 2005 and 2006
    • Beaumont Foundation to end operations after 2006
grant criteria tentative
Grant Criteria (tentative)
  • Clarity (2 points)
  • Benefits (5 points)
  • Leadership (8 points)
  • Collaboration (4 points)
  • Content (5 points)
  • Expected Outcomes (5 points)
  • Evaluation (3 points)
  • Staff (6 points)
  • Staff Development (6 points)
  • Feasibility (5 points)
  • Sustainability (5 points)
ac4 support in grant process
AC4 Support in Grant Process
  • AC4 will support grant recipients through:
    • Information Distribution
    • Assistance in Applying for Grant
    • Training
    • Curriculum Materials and Manual
    • Capacity Building Manual
    • Two full-time staff to support sites
consultants competencies outside your organization
Consultants: Competencies Outside Your Organization
  • When and how to bring in specialists from outside your ministry.
  • Different kinds of consultants.
  • Different levels of help:
    • Do it yourself/Volunteer grant writers.
    • Do it yourself with outside editing.
    • Pay them to do it.
joining ac4
Joining AC4
  • Must be AC4 member to apply through AC4
  • Join for free until Nov. 15 online at www.ac4.org
  • Joining will cost $20-50 after Nov. 15 depending on organization size
  • For more information use sign-up sheet or send E-mail to info@ac4.org
other grants for tech programs
Other Grants for Tech Programs
  • Visit Grants Page at AC4’s Website at
    • http://www.ac4.org/resources/grants.html
  • Visit Your Local Grant Library
    • List at fdncenter.org/collections/
  • Subscribe to Tech Grants Newsletter at:
    • www.imakenews.com/techfoundation/
  • List of Tech Grants at:
    • www.lib.msu.edu/harris23/grants/2comptec.htm
general discounted software
General Discounted Software
  • AC4 Discounted Software Info Page
    • www.ac4.org/resources/software.html
  • Software to Serve Participants and Community
    • Get $30 most Microsoft, Adobe, Symantec products
    • At www.computmentor.org and at www.giftsinkind.org
  • Software for staff
    • Get copies of Microsoft Office XP Professional for $65
    • Order at www.CCBNonprofits.com
computer donations
Computer Donations
  • Gifts in Kind International (www.giftsinkind.com)
    • Cost $125 to register and must be Non profit 501(c)(3) and use software for service to community
    • Cost $225 for 5 used computers 486 & above laptops/desktops
    • Network hubs for $50
    • Provide great discounts (90% off) on office products, projectors, clothes, etc.
  • Computer Refurbishing
    • Accept computers along with clothes other donations
    • Have a minimal acceptance standard (I.e Pentium or above)
    • Request written agreement they are transferring software license with computer
web site filtering software
Web Site Filtering Software
  • Filtering Service by Promise Keepers (pkfamily.com)
    • $5.95 per month for existing DSL or cable modem connection
    • Filtered dial-up Internet access for $15.95
  • Filtering Server or Client Software
    • CleanWeb (www.cleanweb.net)
    • CyberPatrol (www.microsys.com)
    • Cybersitter (www.solidoak.com)
    • CyberSnoop (www.pearlsw.com)
    • Net Nanny (www.netnanny.com)
    • Net Shepherd (www.netshepherd.com)
    • Safesurf (www.safesurf.com)
    • Watchdog (www.sarna.com)
    • We Blocker (free at www.we-blocker.com)
    • X-Stop (www.xstop.com)
becoming a certified mous testing center
Becoming a Certified MOUS Testing Center
  • MOUS Certification in Microsoft Office
  • Costs $495 to become a certified testing center
    • comes with 10 tests & practice software
    • Additional tests are $50 each
  • To sign up call Alex McCabe at DDC Training Services (800-528-3897 ext. 315)
    • ask for their application and order form to become an iQ Testing Center for MOUS Exams
other good tech discounts
Other Good Tech Discounts
  • Low-cost LCD Projector
    • Plus Vision (Lightware Series): $1,00
  • Low-cost E-Commerce
    • Microsoft bCentral FrontPage Commerce Manager ($100 per year for 25 items) using Card Services International (3.5% with no monthly fee)
association of christian community computer centers
Association of Christian Community Computer Centers
  • Mission:
    • To support and promote the use of computers and technology in Christian outreach ministries
    • To assist the 200+ identified existing Christian community computer centers and help others get started
    • To partner with national organizations to support Christian computer centers
  • Web: www.ac4.org
  • E-mail: info@ac4.org
benefits of ac4 membership
Benefits of AC4 Membership
  • TRAINING to better run your computer center
    • conferences, workshops and conference calls
  • RESOURCES
    • Info on equipment, grant information and software hardware donation information.
    • Computer Curriculum manual
    • Capacity building manual for your tech center
  • COLLABORATION and COMMUNICATION
    • conference calls
    • E-mail list
    • Website
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Benefits of AC4 Membership
  • GRANTS
    • Ability to participate in grants program including grants for new computers
  • PARTICIPATION in future programs
    • Currently investigating program to provide full-time Americorps staff to computer centers
  • ASSISTANCE
    • Starting a computer ministry
    • Consulting to improve your computer center
    • Web design
other information resources and networks
Other Information Resources and Networks
  • Association of Christian Community Computer Centers
    • E-mail List: www.ac4.org
  • Community Technology Centers Network www.ctcnet.org
    • Good E-mail list and go to national conference each June
    • Provides Community Technology Center start up manual
  • Youth Learn: www.youthlearn.org
    • Provides manual and E-mail list for youth and technology
  • Compumentor: www.compumentor.org
    • Provides technology information to non-profits
  • Visit HUD’s Neighborhood Networks at www.neighborhoodnetworks.org
  • Adult Literacy E-mail Lists: literacy.nifl.gov/forums.html
  • NTIA Report: “Falling through the Net”
    • www.digitaldivide.gov/reports.htm
information economy

Computer Industry***

Manufacturing

Jobs Down 55-65%*

Jobs Grown to 7.4 million &

Increasing 6.5% per year

Once provided 52%

of jobs to some groups,

but now only 28%**

65% of all jobs use computers

90% of all jobs use computer-

related technologies

* In a range of Northern cities between 1967-1987, When Work Disappears

** Statistics are for inner-city black men in Chicago

*** Other sources include Bureau of Labor Statistics and Department of Commerce

Information Economy
information economy39

Average wage in IT-producing

industries was $58,000

346,000 IT jobs remain vacant

nationwide and 1.7 million

need to be filled by 2003

Information Economy

Computer Industry***

Manufacturing

Jobs Down 55-65%*

Once provided 52%

of jobs to some groups,

but now only 28%**

* In a range of Northern cities between 1967-1987, When Work Disappears

** Statistics are for inner-city black men in Chicago

*** Other sources include Bureau of Labor Statistics and Department of Commerce