Children's Aid and Per Scholas Provide Computers and Tech Education to Bronx Mothers and Daughters

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Contact:

Ellen Lubell, The Children’s Aid Society, (o) 212-949-4938, (c) 917-854-6864
Emily Crossan, The Children’s Aid Society, (o) 917-286-1548, (c) 201-344-5742

When:

Saturday, March 21, 2009

10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
(10:30 – 11:30 workshop, 11:30 – 12:30 lunch, 12:30 – 2:00 workshop)
** Presentation of computers – 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. **

Where:

The Children’s Aid Society’s Fannie Lou Hamer Community School
1021 Jennings Street, near West Farms Road
Bronx, NY 10460

What:

Fifty mothers and their daughters will attend a day-long computer and technology workshop at Fannie Lou Hamer High School, a Children's Aid Society community school, and every mother/daughter team will receive a refurbished computer and software to take home. The program and computers are presented by Per Scholas’ Comp2Kids initiative. Per Scholas is a nonprofit organization that provides education, technology and economic opportunities to individuals, families and communities.

Specially chosen participants from two Children's Aid Society community schools in the Bronx, Fannie Lou Hamer Middle School and I.S. 190, will learn the basics of computer systems, including the most commonly used Microsoft programs, and an introduction to the internet and e-mail. The participants were selected based on the fact that they have no computer in the home. A slide presentation will help the instructors teach lessons about computer use as well as Internet safety for the family.

The Children's Aid Society partners with the New York City Department of Education in 20 community schools in the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island. Children’s Aid community schools combine the best quality educational practices with a wide range of vital in-house health and social services to ensure that children are physically, emotionally and socially prepared to learn.

The Children’s Aid Society (www.childrensaidsociety.org) was founded in 1853. It is one of the nation’s largest and most innovative non-sectarian agencies, serving 150,000 of New York’s neediest children and their families with a network of services that includes community schools, neighborhood centers, camps, adoption and foster care services, arts programming, teen pregnancy prevention, education, health and recreation. The Children's Aid Society is a founding member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the vast majority of Children’s Aid sites are Boys & Girls Clubs. For more information, please call 212-949-4938 or email ellenl@childrensaidsociety.org.

Per Scholas is an environmentally responsible nonprofit organization committed to breaking the cycle of poverty by providing education, technology and economic opportunities to individuals, families and communities. Comp2Kids empowers low-income middle school students and enriches their educational experiences through technology. The addition of a home computer to a student’s routine puts the world at their fingertips, paving the way for achievement in school and their future careers. For more information, please visit www.perscholas.org or www.comp2kids.org.

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