First Time Computers

Our mission is to empower DC-Area low-income citizens by building their computer and Internet resources, and concurrently, to make good use of computers that would otherwise go to waste. Impacts we seek: We seek to provide computer systems [both hardware and a robust software package] to low-income DC-area citizens of all ages to facilitate [a] educational advancement through home access to computers as a critical learning resource, and [b] Internet access for those now digitally excluded. We seek to provide computer resources and, with our partner nonprofits, skills to build employability, particularly for youth and young adults. We seek to reduce e-waste by “repurposing” comput...

First Time Computers
3101 12th St., NE
Washington, DC 20017
United States
202-722-2822
http://firsttimecomputers.org/

Board of Directors

Lowell Dodge, Terry Shea, Edan Lichtenstein, William Davis Jr., Stephen Gross, Chris Berg, Hannah Miller, Ted Frazier, Jenaro Ladino, Charnet Cawthorne, Jenisha Chance

Project Leaders

Edan Lichtenstein

Mission

Our mission is to empower DC-Area low-income citizens by building their computer and Internet resources, and concurrently, to make good use of computers that would otherwise go to waste. Impacts we seek: We seek to provide computer systems [both hardware and a robust software package] to low-income DC-area citizens of all ages to facilitate [a] educational advancement through home access to computers as a critical learning resource, and [b] Internet access for those now digitally excluded. We seek to provide computer resources and, with our partner nonprofits, skills to build employability, particularly for youth and young adults. We seek to reduce e-waste by “repurposing” computers that would otherwise go prematurely into the waste stream.

Programs

We run four interrelated programs: 1) Refurbishing computers and donating them directly to families in need in return for a modest cash contribution [Computers for Low-Income Kids or CLIK]. 2) Providing PCs to graduates of a range of computer skills training programs offered by several partner nonprofits [PCs for Grads]. 3) Providing computer systems and services to nonprofits to build their capacity to serve low-income children, youth, and adults, emphasizing nonprofits in Wards 7 and 8 [Community Technology Program]. 4) Training at-risk youth to do our refurbishing, and with our partner Byte Back, providing training for adults to qualify them for the A+ Computer Tech Certification [Computer Tech Training Program].

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