These sessions featured presentations by Neighborhood
Networks national and local partners to showcase activities partners are
undertaking in conjunction with Neighborhood Networks centers across the
country. As mentioned in previous partnership sessions, partnerships are
relationships between two or more organizations where all parties agree
to work together. Partnerships are a key component of helping to maintain
and sustain Neighborhood Networks centers.
The Neighborhood Networks National Partner
Showcase session featured the following partners:
- Technology for All Technology for
All is a national nonprofit organization with a national technology infrastructure
that allows it to be an Application Service Provider to local digital divide
initiatives throughout the nation.
- PowerUp PowerUp is a national initiative
launched in November 1999 by more than a dozen nonprofit groups, corporations
and federal agencies to provide computers, trained technology staff, free
email accounts, healthy snacks, and interactive online programming to community
organizations throughout the country that are committed to bridging the
- America Reads America Reads is a
grassroots national nonprofit organization that challenges every American
to help all children learn to read. America Reads provides instructional
materials to establish and enhance literacy programs for children.
- ThinkQuest ThinkQuest is a program
for students ages 12-19 that encourages them to use the Internet to create
information-rich web-based educational tools and materials. The students
are eligible for scholarships and awards, and in the process learn collaboration,
leadership, and critical thinking skills that help raise their level of
educational and technological expertise.
The Neighborhood Networks Local Partner Showcase
session primarily featured a presentation by Dr. Eugene Brown, the Chair
of the Applied Science and Technology Department at Northern Virginia Community
College. Dr. Brown spoke about the mission of the College, which includes
outreach activities that the College coordinates with a Neighborhood Networks
center in Alexandria, Virginia. Dr. Brown also spoke about a variety of
partnerships that could be applicable to Neighborhood Networks centers across
the country. For example, a partnership with an automobile company could
provide training to youth at Neighborhood Networks centers to provide them
with valuable skills to help make the youth employable.
To obtain additional information about Neighborhood
Networks national and local partners or visit the Neighborhood
Networks (www.neighborhoodnetworks.org/) web site.