Thank You For Your Support
You may not realize the impact you have on the people we serve. If you are reading this newsletter, you own or have access to a computer or a smart phone, you have a connection to the Internet, and you have the online skills necessary to access your email. You have what is necessary to participate and succeed in this digital world. Many of us take these tools and skills for granted.
Only 34% of adults living in the neighborhood around our office have a high school diploma. This makes it difficult to earn a livable wage and to be able to afford the devices and the connectivity that make participation in the digital world possible. In addition, because so many do not have the tools, they also do not have the knowledge, skills and abilities to participate in the online world many of us take for granted.
HISD recently initiated the PowerUp program which has taken education to the Internet and provides computers, Internet access and online educational tools for students, teachers and parents. This initiative supports students during the school year, but for those without devices and connectivity at home, the help stops there. This is where Technology For All steps in. We help students and parents by providing devices, training and support to youth and their families. Through this training and support, TFA helps parents stay more engaged in the education of their children. TFA's computer labs and connectivity in the neighborhood also allow students to continue their education online during the times that school is not in session.
Through TFA-Wireless, a collaborative National Science Foundation project with Rice University, TFA has provided Internet access to many HISD students living in the neighborhood around our office. This has allowed students to get online, access their online student accounts, turn in homework assignments and learn in a new way.
Tuesday, December 1 is Giving Tuesday. Please make a year-end gift TODAY. You can click here. Through a donation to Technology For All, your gift will make it possible for someone to gain new skills and access some of the online tools and resources that you use every day.
Also, you can support TFA when you order gifts and items through Amazon Smile. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of your items to TFA. Together we can make a difference!