An exciting program by MUDDy Tech offers low income parents the chance to learn more about computers, and it sends them home with a refurbished computer FREE.
Program participants must be recommended in by a professional, which could be a doctor, teacher, employer or someone else who can vouch for them, stating that they are parents of elementary school-age children and that they have a financial need. Professionals can use the form at their web site to make a recommendation. (People wanting to participate can find a professional in their life and ask them to make the recommendation).
The program will then contact the potential participant to follow up and give them a class schedule. The participant will then take four basic computing classes on Thursday evenings where they will be taught to use a computer running Linux operating system. The classes are free, and they will be able to take their computer home when they have completed the class.
The goal of the program is to put technology into the hands of young people, so they will not be at a disadvantage in their education. In addition to free basic computing lessons, the program teaches participants about free open source software that is available for use instead of expensive brand name software. Only the partipciant will be allowed to attend the classes and will have to sign a waiver to enter the building. Children are not allowed at the lessons, which are held at the LVL 1 hacker space at 814 E. Broadway St (entry in the back alley). The site is not handicap accessible.
According to their web site, criteria for eligibility are as follows:
The program also takes donations:
MUDDyTech will not take:
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