Technology Promoters began in 1999, and over the last decade, more than 2,800 individuals have completed the program.
Using a "train the trainer" model, Erie’s Technology Services Director taught technology, pedagogy and leadership skills to a cohort of adults at no cost, with the understanding that these students would go on to support open access time in our technology centers and teach computer skills to their peers.
Participants learn basic computing skills related to using software, keyboarding, emailing and internet browsers. The program also covers topics such as self-esteem, personal responsibility, conflict resolution, problem solving and public speaking.
In exchange for this no-cost, intensive program, Technology Promoters contribute at least 100 hours of volunteer service in Erie’s CTCs—although many complete more.
The tri-lingual (English, Spanish and Mandarin) Technology Promoters curriculum, developed at Erie House, has been distributed to more than 60 community-based organizations throughout Chicago.