LINCT/Time Dollar - Phoenix, Arizona
One of the most successful components of the Goals Achieved Through Education (GATE) program would certainly be the school peer-tutoring program. Here one-on-one tutoring is conducted as well as utilizing the school computer lab to facilitate a learning environment for K-8th grade students. The school has expanded the program to include parents involved in the classroom and/or parents who are currently taking GED or ESOL classes.
The second component worth mentioning is the community service component. The families in the Murphy School District, which also include the Maricopa County Housing public housing residents, are encouraged to get involved in community type services and/or programs. The emphasis is for the families to learn to be self sufficient as well as economically sufficient and give back to their community.
In both of these components the participants are given time dollar credits for their volunteer and/or participation hours. Each participant that earns 100 volunteer hours can exchange them for a refurbished computer system including software.
Currently we have 2 labs and 1 instructor available to train the volunteers on the software. Normally for the adult population we serve, this is the first time they have touch a computer and for others this provides some of the basic job training skills needed in the field of technology.
Applications are taken throughout the year but currently we have approximately 200 applications on file. In December 1999, I was notified that there was a backlog of approximately 60 applications waiting to be processed through the Time Dollar banker.
The mission of the GATE program is to get at least one computer into every household of the district. Successful completion would also include making a difference in the studentís grades, providing opportunities for adults to receive job training and getting the community involved in making their neighborhood a better and safer place to live.
Our goals are to train other volunteer residents to run the computer labs, open up more labs in other Maricopa County Housing public housing sites, continue to recruit district wide with the assistance of the schools and most importantly, look for funds to help with possibly paying the lab instructors and most definitely hiring a computer technician to trouble shoot, computer lab supplies, and sending residents for further skills training.
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Name: Iris Blackwell
Address: 1509 S. 19th Drive #260
Phoenix, Arizona 85009
Home Phone: (602) 257-4510
Work Phone: (602) 256-6678
Fax: (602) 256-6708
The old Iris Blackwell was:
The new Iris Blackwell has:
Iris is still a participant of the WYSR Academy and due to her commitment to continue her education in the field of technology and knowledge in this field, she hired as the TOP Grant Project Coordinator. She is now receiving $10.00 an hour (part-time) and she continues to volunteer her time as the Lab Instructor for the GATE program. She conducts classes 3 times a week from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon. The ages of the students range from 11 to seniors. Soon our age will include 6-year old children because they volunteered to clean up the park to earn time dollar credits. Most of the adult students are monolingual - Spanish speaking only. To date, 32 students have graduated her class with basic computer skills. Within the past 3 months, Iris took a second job, evening hours, and was told she was hired because of her experience with computers. She is still the Block Watch President and actively patrols the Coffelt neighborhood during the daytime and at night when she gets home from her 2nd job. Iris has become a community leader. The Coffelt residents look to her for inspiration and direction. There are many women in the neighborhood who now can see a future for themselves. Iris is their role model.
Kevin, I asked Iris what impact has technology had in her life and this is what she stated (paraphrased): she was given an opportunity to learn computers and she has really enjoyed it. The training helped her get 2 jobs and she wants to help her community too. So her dream is to make sure everyone in the community learns technology skills. She wants everyone documented or undocumented to have these skills because someday they will need to support themselves. She wants every family to have a computer in their home. The kids need a computer for school and for the weekends to play games.