We work with numerous educational nonprofits throughout the state – nonprofits that make it their mission to provide the community with the knowledge and skills to live a productive, stable and healthy life. One of those nonprofits that we work with is the Saint Paul Neighborhood Network.
Through its CTEP (Community Technology Empowerment Project) program, the organization bridges the digital divide for recent immigrants and low-income communities in Minneapolis and St. Paul. CTEP hires AmeriCorps members to help youth and adults use technology to better access social, civic, educational and economic opportunities.
We outfit many of the CTEP programs with computers so they have the necessary tools to do the important work they’ve set out to do in the community.
We recently got a nice note from Joel Krogstad, the AmeriCorps Program Director at CTEP and wanted to share it with you, our donors and supporters who make it possible for us to help fulfill technology requirements for wonderful programs like these.
“MCFS has been a crucial partner with our technology program serving low-income and new American communities in the Twin Cities. Our AmeriCorps members teach basic computer skills at neighborhood organizations often with extremely limited budgets and using outdated technology. For the past eight years, MCFS has outfitted countless partner sites with functional, up-to-date computers that actually prepare our clients for the 21st century workplace.
CTEP AmeriCorps members often don’t enter our program with grant writing skills, but MCFS’s application process is so clear and straight forward that for many of our members it was their first successful fundraising experience for their organization. MCFS’s access to great technology and our strength in basic technology skill instruction has been a powerful combination toward closing the digital divide in Minnesota.”