Digital Connectors Program Posititions Low-income Youth for Success - 08/01/08



Date: August 1, 2008
Contact: Beth Quirarte 510-582-1460


Digital Connectors Program Positions Low-income Youth for Success

Graduation Celebrates Achievements of  Teens in San Jose​

San Jose, CA– Fifteen students, age 14 to 20, who live in affordable housing developments in San Jose will graduate from the San Jose Digital Connectors program on Wednesday, August 6th from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at Eden Palms Apartments Community Room, 5398 Monterey Road, San Jose. Funded by One Economy, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the City of San Jose, Eden Housing's Digital Connectors provides technology training to talented young people from low-income families and positions them to become leaders in the new economy.


"Digital Connectors teaches me more computer skills than I can ever possibly learn on my own;" said 16 year-old Wais Robleh. "Then I share the information with my family members and community."


The program is augmented with sessions at the Tech Museum in San Jose and local corporations, where students shadow IT professionals. They learn to repair PCs and go on to solve home computer problems for other residents. The theme  of this year's program was the presidential election and students used Publisher, PowerPoint and Excel to create campaign materials. A video presentation will be shown at graduation.


Kelly Edmunds, Manager of Computer Assisted Education for Eden Housing Resident Services, says this year's class includes young people from Somalia, Ethiopia, Mexico and the Far East. "I receive more applications than I can accommodate," said Edmunds,  "so students really have to compete to be accepted into the program."


Eden is currently implementing a Junior Digital Connectors program for children up to age 12 at one of our sites in Livermore. 


Release Date: 
Friday, August 1, 2008

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