Thanks to our readers, contributors and sponsors — we’re pleased to announce that v2 of Teen Connect was initiated last week in partnership with Project for Pride in Living (PPL).
Through our unique model, TECHdotMN donates 51% of gross revenues towards providing under-served youth in the Twin Cities with modern hardware (Dell 2110 Netbook), mobile 4G WiMAX Internet (Mobile Citizen) and professional training (AmeriCorps CTEP). The result is a powerful package designed to help Minnesota’s future become more technologically literate.
Having developed the program from scratch, we’re starting small; previously, the initiative was piloted with a class of three beneficiaries. As the right foundation is laid, we’ll be unveiling something much more ambitious — but here’s a glimpse into what’s happening for now:
Fadumo is a high school sophomore hoping to attend the University of Minnesota to study medicine and become a pediatrician. She is getting a head start on her goals by taking Advanced Placement and other college preparatory classes at her high school. Fadumo also enjoys volunteering around the Twin Cities.
8th grader Hafsa hopes to attend college and is interested in a career in science. She also likes to play volleyball and read mystery novels.
Hana is a freshman in high school. She came to the United States when she was 6 years old, she is interested in a career as a medical professional and in school she likes in math and english. In her spare time she enjoys reading and swimming.
Abdiqani is in 10th grade and enjoys playing basketball for his high school. He is excited to be able to use the computer complete homework assignments without staying after school to use a computer lab. He also plans to help his mother complete on-line job applications.
AmeriCorps CTEP member Rob Masen has been responsible for conducting a thee part training class with an emphasis on safety, usability and educational application.