Home Computers for Low-Income NYC Students

by Computers for Youth


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.
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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.


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.

Long-Term Impact

Our research (www.cfy.org/research.htm) 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.

Additional Documentation

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


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Computers for Youth

Location: New York, NY - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.cfy.org
Computers for Youth

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