More than 500 youth and their parents will come together for the second TechComunidad in Dove Springs held at River City Youth Foundation on October 27th to deliver the power of technology to the doorsteps of the people in a community. More volunteers are needed to ensure the success of the workshops.
Southeast Austin’s Dove Springs is Austin’s largest populated youth community where one of every two households does not have technology access and the majority of families are Latino. TechComunidad aims to give parents the tools and confidence to successfully guide their children’s education from pre-K to college and career. Families that complete TechComunidad gain 3 things immediately: knowledge, empowerment, and technology Access.
After weeks of research and interviews, families have been selected as the highest-need who do not have technology in the home and whose parents don’t have the basic computer skills to guide their children’s education. 100 family households will participate in a daylong bilingual digital technology event where parents learn computer basics and youth learn hands-on technology skills and the careers to get good jobs. Spanish language and bilingual sessions cover topics ranging from social media and video production to wi-fi apps and video gaming. Parents that complete TechComunidad receive a free laptop or tablet and continue several months of follow up technology training.
There are many ways to help on Saturday, October 27, 2012 at River City Youth Foundation, 5209 S. Pleasant Valley Road, Austin, TX 78744 between the hours of 8am-5 p.m.Volunteer times vary. There is a great need for help with duties
from set up, serving an instructor assistant, being a family guide, and helping the IT team. We also have a great need for Spanish speakers. Opportunity to sponsor a family’s Computer Start-Up Package is also still available to individual or companies.
By Monica Pena