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Pittsburgh, PA 15219






$60,000 Center That Cares: The Bridge Builder/Tech Central

PROJECT: The Bridge Builder: Tech Central

PROGRAM: 2014 Catalytic Grants

GRANTEE: The Center That Cares

A “digital divide” refers to IMG_2939the social and economic inequity caused by limited access to, use of, or knowledge of information and communication technologies of persons in a given population. The Tech Central program at the new Jeron X. Grayson Community Center (JXGCC) will be a place where students have an opportunity, with guided staff support, to decrease the digital divide and opportunity gap by implementing programs/activities and connecting the most vulnerable students to resources within the region and beyond.At the community center, which houses the C.A.R.E.S. programming, students and families will meet with instructors, mentors and other students to share information and resources and receive tutoring and homework help through high-technology platforms. Through the Virtual Mentoring and Lecture Series, students will be linked with mentors, examples of success, and newsmakers, such as executives, government officials, and other leaders of influence, who can connect virtually with the students.

Tech Central is the umbrella under which students will be connected to technical equipment, online resources, and collaborating partners to achieve the following goals:

  • Reach 10 community leaders (neighborhood and city)
  • Develop cross-community relationship with age appropriate peers
  • Create a volunteer or community service program within 15219
  • Reach 10 leaders/mentors/luminaries in other U.S. cities
  • Create 10 global exchange experiences
  • Reach 50 students

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