"Digital Connectors" open tech doors to youth

"Digital Connectors" open tech doors to youth


"Digital Connectors" open tech doors to youth


Program graduates 30 in three locations 



(San Jose: July 11, 2007)  There may be more chip boards than mortarboards at three graduation events this summer. 


Thirty young men and women will participate in graduation ceremonies in three northern California cities this summer, signifying completion of the ten-session "Digital Connectors" curricula hosted at affordable rental apartment complexes created and managed by Eden Housing, Inc.  The graduates will each receive certificates of completion and a $500 stipend. 


Established in the summer of 2003 by One Economy Corporation and Eden Housing, the Digital Connectors Program identifies talented young people, immerses them in technology and positions them to participate in the new economy.  The program trains and employs young people between the ages of 14 and 20 to support the integration of digital access opportunities within their communities as well as provide outreach activities for low-income families.  A successful pilot program at Eden Palms Apartments in San Jose has since been replicated and expanded to include sites in Livermore and East Palo Alto. 


Digital Connectors receive training and employment opportunities in the areas of technology instruction, tech support and solutions, entrepreneurship and youth leadership development.  In addition to ongoing training, Digital Connectors are exposed to the technology sector via site visits to area technology companies and IT shadowing opportunities with professionals in the field. 


Graduation events for the Digital Connectors Program will be held in three locations:


Thursday, July 12, 6:00 p.m. at Owl's Landing Apartments, 860 Herman Avenue in Livermore; 10 Connectors and one aide will graduate.


Wednesday, July 25, 6:00 p.m. at the TBA in East Palo Alto; 9 Connectors will graduate.


Thursday, August 9, 6:00 p.m. at Eden Palms Apartments, 5398 Monterey Road in San Jose; 10 Connectors will graduate.


The Digital Connectors Program is funded through a grant from Wells Fargo.


About Eden


Eden Housing, inc. is one of Northern California's premier nonprofit affordable housing developers and managers, as well as one of its oldest. Since 1968, Eden has been creating a variety of high-quality affordable housing opportunities for lower-income families, seniors and people with disabilities. Eden's housing portfolio includes multi-family rental housing, co-ops, supportive housing and first-time homeownership housing. Eden is currently active in twenty cities in Alameda, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Sonoma, Contra Costa and San Joaquin Counties. 



Release Date: 
Wednesday, July 11, 2007

eden housing does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, national origin, or any other arbitrary basis.