Raising Digital Literacy Rates
We reduce barriers to the ability to access, use, evaluate, create, and communicate information while using digital technologies. This is increasingly necessary for families to address their social, economic, and health needs.
Rethinking Electronic Waste
We work with nonprofit partners to provide local tax-deductible collection points for gently-used technology, while standardizing the process of wiping and reviving each PC.
Reinforcing STEM Education
We empower at-risk students through hands-on STEM training in skills needed for upward mobility in today’s knowledge based economy.
We enable participating nonprofits to end the digital divide among their constituents by providing access to affordable computers while creating a new revenue stream for their organization.
Disconnected families are unable to compete effectively in an information economy and suffer from lack of social and economic mobility.
Disparities in health, education, and employment are exacerbated by lack of access to online resources.
The costs and frustrations of using computers designed to become obsolete, known as “Planned Obsolescence”, have left nearly 60 million Americans, primarily working class and minorities, behind the digital divide, and have compelled companies to discard over 50 million systems annually.
Even worse, traditional PC refurbishers cannot deliver enough low-cost systems to market due to high system requirements imposed by major software companies, and end up having to scrap older inventory.
Here in Mecklenburg county, nearly 200,000 citizens lack access to computing and connectivity resources at home. Compounding the problem, record-low commodity prices have made electronics recyclers struggle to stay in business.
Nearly 1 in 5 Charlotte, NC area households are disconnected
Half of American Working Class Families are disconnected
E-WASTE That wasn't even recycled
The EPA estimates 2,420,000 tons of electronic waste went to landfills in 2012 alone.
PCS THAT Microsoft WILL "OBSOLETE" BY 2020
Most PCs still run on Windows XP/Vista/7, which means most systems will soon be discarded
The latest Youth Works powered by Charlotte Works brochure features one of the many interns who has come through our Digital Inclusion Technologist certification program.
These Vance students spent spring break working, learning by RHaag | Apr 2, 2016 | Events in University City | How did you spend your spring break? Twenty-one Vance High students spent it learning, “with all possible energy and enthusiasm,” says an observer. Students in the Vance Engineering Academy eagerly received hands-on tech and software[…]
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