Digital Literacy for Families

CfAL’s Digital Literacy program provies families with access to online learning applications, helping expand digital literacy to low-income families and support children’s academic success.  Through CfAL’s program, each family receives a secure tablet pre-loaded with educational applications. 

To support family learning, CfAL hosts workshops highlighting how technology can support academic success, while also identifying the dangers of unmonitored and/or excessive online activity.  Each workshop introduces programs that support literacy and math skills such as GetEpic!, ABCYa, Code Monkey, and many more.  

Tech4Teens:

Empower Teens through Technology

CfAL is proud to offer Technology & Computer Training for Youth,, specifically designed to support youth express themselves safely online through technology projects.  We like to consider these classes, "Tech4Teens"!

Tech4Teens participants can choose to learn:

  • website development,

  • podcasting,

  • video and photo editing, 

  • coding and introduction to robotics!

Year-round, this program is lead by Dr. Greg McVerry, a professor from Southern Connecticut State University.  During the academic school year, classes are "drop-in" - come as often as you like! Each participant receives a free website, WeVideo account and other cool tech gifts.

During the summer, the program transitions to a "camp", meeting three to five days per week.  College students from Yale, Southern Connecticut State University, Clemson University and Boston University voluntarily mentor campers

 

Virtually, participants can attend from anywhere in the United States!  Last summer, participants from 8 states joined.  Local participants who attend all workshops are eligible to receive a laptop.

Technology & Computer Training Program

CfAL's Technology & Computer Training program provides FREE basic computer instruction.  Participants learn how to create a resume in Microsoft Word, a household budget in Microsoft Excel, a basic presentation in PowerPoint, and how to operate virus and spyware software. 

Program benefits include building job skills from typing and learning Microsoft programs to basic budgeting and computer maintenance.  Parents are also able to extend learning beyond the classroom, and increase involvement in children’s education at home.  This program works to eliminate the technology gap for disadvantaged families.

Participants who complete the entire program AND do not have a working computer in the home also receive a FREE refurbished computer and technical support for one-year. Refurbished computers are only availble to New Haven residents and New Haven Public School familes. 

Let's Close the Gap Together!

 

From volunteering to joining our board or making a donation, you can join us!   

 

With you, we can close the technology gap and help families expand learning to their home.

Support of all types and sizes make a HUGE difference!

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