Networks centers require that partners satisfy three basic growth
areas: technological capacity building, skill building in the areas
of life and literacy, and the provision of financial and in-kind
criteria for becoming a Neighborhood Networks center partner include
commitment to identifying ways to encourage |
the long-term growth of the partnership.
to identify the assets brought to the|
willingness to establish strategic alliances that|
meet shared objectives.
willingness to teach and learn from each other to help grow the
mechanism in place for providing support and encouraging participation
at all levels throughout the partner organization. |
willingness to offer in-kind or other support that requires a
commitment of time.|
to assist the Neighborhood Networks center in obtaining additional
they must collaborate with both pilot centers and Neighborhood Networks
national partners must also possess a national presence with multiple
sites, national name recognition, a uniformity of services and resources,
and a network of alliance partners.
partnership efforts, Neighborhood Networks has adopted a particular
strategy designed to identify the benefits offered by Neighborhood
Networks partners towards the goal of helping residents achieve
STEP (Services, Training, Equipment, Placement) strategy is based
on the four essential characteristics of a successful Neighborhood
Networks center. Each partnership organization must possess at least
one of these characteristics to truly cultivate a beneficial partnership
with Neighborhood Networks.
criteria help to clarify the expectations of the partnership for
both centers and partners. By placing each partner in one or more
STEP categories, centers can easily determine the strengths and
weaknesses of their current partnership efforts, and be able to
focus on those that lack support.
following attributes create the STEP
ServicesThis includes using the Neighborhood
Networks center to provide social services linkages to transportation,
childcare, healthcare, education, and TANF benefits as well as use
of the Internet for a variety of purposes from online shopping to
informational Web casts.
TrainingThis includes all activities
aimed at making clients self-sufficient including computer training,
job training, life-skills training, GED training, entrepreneurship
training, management training, leadership training, and fundraising.
EquipmentThis includes all hardware, software, telephone,
fax, e-mail, and furniture necessary to equip a computer lab to
handle services, training, and placement needs of its clients.
PlacementThis includes using all resources for the placement
of clients in sustainable employment opportunities with the potential
for career advancement.