Cornerstone - Tech Basics for refugees
Organized by: Sarah Chu
Back for 2016
May 03, 2016
Picture a day without your smart phone. Annoying, but workable. But what about a work day without your laptop? Your home computer? Any computer?
It's hard enough for a day, but limited exposure to computers at all can be crippling in today's always-on world. Yet that is the reality for many refugees resettled in the DC area. Women and girls in particular may never have had access, and those that have may not be skilled in much more than Candy Crush. They are the target audience for Cornerstone, a community program that offers free computer classes to area refugees.
After last summer's resounding pilot success, our second class is set to launch in July 2016. Students will learn basic hardware, word processing, Internet search, and email from volunteer instructors. Students who pass the class will receive their Northstar Digital Literacy Certificate, beefing up their skillset and credentialing themselves for potential employers.
You can make a difference!! A project at this micro level appreciates every dollar we collect. Funds go to paying for transportation, child care for the refugee women, and course materials. A detailed budget is available upon request, and we will publish a fully transparent fiscal report after the pilot program wraps up.
Please consider $10... $20... $50... whatever you feel tech skills are worth in today's economy.
Thank you for your generosity!!
Many thanks to our pro bono sponsors: Students will receive their certifications thanks to global consulting firm Sapient, a Northstar Digital Literacy sponsor. Students are welcomed to labs donated by Cybrary, a state-of-the-art cybersecurity training facility. Logistics and hiring support is helmed by the acclaimed MD Center for Women in Computing. Finally, WE LOVE OUR INTERNS, Shahrazad Hired and Samer Batlouni!