For the better part of the year we have been working hard with the City of Minneapolis, local council members and the 5th Avenue High Rise Residents Council to figure out how we can help bridge the digital divide amongst low-income families in Minneapolis.
In March, we began working on building a computer lab, complete with Internet access and printers, to 5th Avenue Hi-Rise, a low-income public housing high rise in Minneapolis. MCFS donated one computer with an LCD monitor, two laptops and a printer to the lab and together with Elise Ebhardt from the City of Minneapolis digital inclusion team, City Council member Robert Lilligren, Allichia Pruitt, building manager, Pecoila Perkins, Ahmed Warsame, Christine Dittel, Donette Triantaphillith, Resident Council members, the lab was completed and open to not only residents of the building, but also the community.
This lab will provide much-needed technology access to more than 250 people, most of whom don’t have a computer in their home. Having access is crucial to this community because it allows them to apply for jobs, learn computer literacy skills and help their children with school work.
Computer classes will be offered at no cost, in multiple languages, to help residents build their computer skills. We are so honored and grateful to be part of such a wonderful project. This lab will open the doors to a new world full of opportunities for the community and, for some, it will change their lives.