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Home Computers for Low-Income NYC Students



To provide home computers and our comprehensive services (training, Internet access, and technical support) to all 60 sixth grade students and their families at a public middle school in East Harlem.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

A study by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting found that only 35% of low-income children ages 9-12 in the U.S. have a home computer with Internet access, compared with 59% of middle-income and 80% of higher-income children. CFY addresses this inequity by distributing home computers to low-income middle school students, their families and teachers, and by providing training and tech support. This project would affect all 60 sixth-graders in East Harlem, one of NYC’s poorest neighborhoods.

How will this project solve this problem?

We will offer home computers to the entire incoming class of a middle school in East Harlem. Students and their parents participate in a half-day training session on basic computer skills, then take their computer home. We also provide tech support.

Potential Long Term Impact

Our research ( shows that a CFY home computer impacts relationships with parents and teachers that reinforce learning, deepens student engagement, and improves academic performance, especially for low-performing students.

Funding Information

This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Computers for Youth

New York, NY, United States

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