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Connect Your Community: Broadband Training, Equipment & Support

Connect Your Community has trained 8 percent of the Cleveland residents living in poverty, and more than 15,000 people around the state of Ohio. Click here or the map above to view an interactive map of all CYC locations.  Each icon in the maps represents one household trained.

For many low-income households, having computers with Internet access at home is not feasible. Without access to computers and high-speed Internet access, these individuals are missing out on critical opportunities to improve their quality of life and become participants in our digital society. Connect Your Community (CYC) provides broadband training, low-cost equipment, and support for low-income individuals and their households. In addition to receiving training, participants complete a customized plan with one-on-one assistance for how they will access and use Internet in their households.

CYC reached nearly 11,000 low-income individuals and their households in Northeast Ohio, including Cleveland, Akron, and Lorain, and 15,000 others in Appalachian Ohio; Detroit, MI; Lexington, KY; Manatee County, FL; and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County, NC. Eighty-percent funded through a two-year grant that from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, CYC partner agencies help citizens cross the digital divide.

Read the project summary and economic development impacts.

CYC participants:

  • Gained and upgraded computer skills through CYC’s free digital literacy training.
  • Had opportunities to equip homes with a very affordable computer and get online with (free or affordable) high-speed Internet access
  • Experienced one-on-one assistance to find online resources they need the most.

A public event in November 2010 marked the first program graduates in Cleveland and included the distribution of more than 75 computers.

For more information about Connect Your Community, contact Bill Callahan, bill@connectyourcommunity.org.

 

For information about CYC 2.0, visit:

http://connectyourcommunity.org/

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