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Digital Tools for Youth in Rural Guanajuato Mexico



This project is focused on developing a sustainable community technology center at a small University in a town called Victoria, in rural Guanajuato. The Community Knowledge Center (CKC) will serve the surrounding community and University by providing them with Internet and access to information, as well as launch a youth technology, leadership, and entrepreneurship training program called Community Connectors, designed to reach and impact 200 additional individuals in the community.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Remote villages in rural Guanajuato, Mexico have remained in extreme poverty due to inadequate opportunities to meet basic life needs. Most people have no Internet access. These villages need appropriate, Spanish language tools to meet both basic life and informational needs and create an ever-expanding set of opportunities in education, health, and economic growth that leads to individual, family and community self-reliance.

How will this project solve this problem?

The project will foster technology adoption through developing a sustainable Community Knowledge Center (CKC) and implementing its Community Connectors program, focused on teaching young people how to apply digital and mobile tools to become actively involved in community development initiatives, leaders in their communities and technology ambassadors for their peers and families.

Potential Long Term Impact

The program will: 1) Strengthen the community's capacities for addressing basic quality of life and sustainable development issues through technology adoption 2) Foster youth leadership and IT skills 3) Connect individuals with locally relevant content as well as national-level global best practice content, and 4) Create a dynamic CKC, which is well-positioned to represent its community. This project has generated long-term impact in two other villages in Guanajuato, thanks to Cisco's support.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $25
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $4,975
Total Funding Goal: $5,000


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Project Leader

Elizabeth Kountze

Washington, DC United States

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