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Photos: Grand opening of East 13th Avenue and Xenia Street park ... - Westword (blog)

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Westword (blog)Photos: Grand opening of East 13th Avenue and Xenia Street park ...Westword (blog)Speaking at Saturday's grand opening ceremony, Happy Haynes, chair of the TPL's Colorado Advisory Board and prominent longtime Denver civic leader,...
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PHA Integrates Digital Divide Efforts with Other Resident Support Programs

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he Philadelphia Housing Authority offers a number of support services to its residents, and many of these services complement each other. For example, the Free Netbook Program that KEYSPOT runs in partnership with PHA does not simply leave residents to their own devices after they complete eight hours of computer training and receive a netbook computer. Some residents participate in the Free Netbook Program as part of PHA’s Pre-Apprenticeship Program, a 21-week program designed to prepare students for a career in the building trades.While the prospect of a better education or career motivates many PHA residents to overcome the digital divide through the Free Netbook Program, some do it simply for self-enrichment. For Robert Jackson, a Vietnam-era veteran and retired Philadelphia Navy Yard worker, the digital divide is a matter of free speech.

“It’s what the TV used to be,” Jackson said, who plans to use the Internet a bit for music and movies but mostly for news and information.

Jackson said he believes the Internet is a new frontier of free speech, an escape from the old mainstream media sources that work toward a “greater social agenda. … Anything that goes mainstream gets corrupted by the mainstream.”

“Free speech is not the kind everyone likes; it’s the kind everyone doesn’t like,” Jackson continued.

Jackson described the Internet as a “library at your fingertips,” observing that he can now find out anything within a matter of seconds, an ability he believes will protect him from the misinformation and propaganda of the mainstream media.

Rocque Taylor, a resident who participated in both programs, is no stranger to adversity. Born 22 weeks premature at just 1 pound, 5 ounces, doctors told his mother that he had a 24 percent chance of survival. The premature birth left Taylor deaf.

“I’m a miracle,” Taylor said.

While the Pre-Apprenticeship Program focuses mainly on building trades, many of its participants also explore other opportunities. Taylor hopes to use his new computer to look for a job and to do research for the deaf children he mentors. He also hopes to go back to school, preferably a school for the deaf. At a school like Gallaudet University, a school for the deaf in Washington, D.C., Taylor said he “won’t be misplaced.” He was particularly excited to find out online that there is a school for the deaf in South America.

“Sign me up! I’m motivated!” Taylor exclaimed. “I want to move on to the next category of life.”

In addition to teaching valuable, hands-on experience, the Pre-Apprenticeship Program emphasizes adult basic education and important life skills. Digital literacy is only one of many skills that the PHA incorporates into its residential support programs.

Photo credit: Preston Chaffee

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