Getting a job. Getting a better job. Going back to school. Earning
a college degree. Making the honor roll. Using technology to connect
or reconnect with family, friends, and society. Becoming self-sufficient.
Buying a home.
These are just some of the successes attained by Neighborhood Networks
center users, and every day, even more residents are achieving their
goals. Residents like:
Latasha Hampton, who vowed to end her dependence on public
assistance and sought help doing so at the Sutton Place Neighborhood
Networks Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. After visiting the center,
Hampton enrolled in the pharmacy technician program, a state-approved
program that provides onsite training, as well as short-term childcare
and free tuition, all barriers that Hampton was struggling to overcome.
Less than six months after enrolling, Hampton became the first Sutton
Place pharmacy technician graduate and obtained a position for a
competitive starting wage. After a few weeks of employment, Hampton
moved off the welfare rolls totally.
Jasmine Santana, David Skiratko, and Angela Trant,
who achieved academic success thanks to the encouragement and support
they regularly received at the Glenview Gardens Apartments Afterschool
Learning Center located in Glen Burnie, Maryland. Santana received
a full scholarship to University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Skiratko
earned the highest grade point average for fifth graders at his
elementary school. And, Trant was selected to attend a summer science
camp taught by professors from the University of Maryland that explored
Chesapeake Bay environmental issues.
Senior residents at Plough Towers Computer Learning Center
in Memphis, Tennessee who formed a stationery creation and production
business that enables them to expand and improve their computer
skills. The residents create a variety of products that are sold
to the community. Some of the items they create include greeting
cards, personalized labels, note cards, and business cards. They
also scan old photographs and retouch them on the computer. Samples
of the various items they produce are on display in the center,
and people can come to the center and place their orders. All of
the money received is invested back into the center.
Fifty-nine-year-old, blind resident Maria Petas, who wanted
to enter the age of technology, but the only computer on the property
equipped with screen-reading software for low-vision or blind users
was located in Petas' apartment. Petas contacted the staff at the
Alachua/Sherwood Oaks Neighborhood Networks Center in Alachua, Florida
to determine how she would go about getting the computer training
she so desperately wanted. The staff decided that if Petas could
not take part in the classes offered at the center, the staff would
bring the classes to Petas. Thanks to the Alachua/Sherwood Oaks
Neighborhood Networks Center staff's in-home computer instruction,
Petas types about 40 words per minute and has become a pro at e-mailing.
She has also learned how to use Microsoft Word, add Internet shortcuts
to the desktop, and navigate Web pages.