PCs for People Connects Students with Technology
DPS CareerConnect students at Abraham Lincoln High School and John F. Kennedy High School have received valuable technology that will enable them to pursue their career aspirations! The non-profit PCs for People, in partnership with Mobile Beacon, distributed 625 computers and internet access to DPS CareerConnect students at Lincoln and Kennedy, along with students at Greenlee Elementary, Goldrick Elementary, Compass Academy, and Florence Crittenton during the 2016-2017 school year.
- Two-thirds of these families have never previously owned a computer.
- The average annual family income for these families is about $12,000.
- Eighty-six percent of students have reported an improvement in academic performance.
PCs for People also hosted a Spanish-language CareerX Industry Exploration Event with Abraham Lincoln High School TechConnect students prior to the distribution of the computers. Students learned how the non-profit recycles end-of-lifecycle computers from corporations and corporate entities. This summer, two TechConnect interns will work in the facility, helping to scrub donated computers and install new operating systems.
Funding to distribute the computers and internet access for DPS families was provided by Mobile Beacon, an internet service provider. Mobile Beacon is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit serving Community Anchor Institutions (libraries, schools and nonprofits) across the country by providing anytime, anywhere connectivity and unlimited data plans for $10/month, which allows our clients to access more, reach more, and help more in their communities. PCS for People is a non-profit social enterprise that aims to level the technology playing field for low-income families by getting computers and internet to those who otherwise couldn’t afford them.
In its first 18 months in Colorado, PCs for People has distributed more than 3,000 computers, reaching 10,000 family members. Its sister organization in St. Paul, MN was established in 2008 and has distributed 50,000 computers. PCs for People operates a retail facility in west Denver for walk-in customers, but also holds group distribution events with low-income schools (80%+ Free and Reduced Lunch). Partner schools include many in the metro-area (Compass Academy, Fairview Elementary, Florence Crittenton High School, Goldrick Elementary, and Sable Elementary), as well as schools in Colorado Springs and Alamosa.