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What Can We Learn from People’s Emergency Center’s KEYSPOT?

People’s Emergency Center (PEC), opened in 1972 as a homeless shelter to help address the issue of homelessness in West Philadelphia. Eventually, PEC transformed into several community development corporation programs, which respond to community needs and build on neighborhood assets. A core component of PEC’s programming also focuses on the

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Digital Skills & Bicycle Thrills Takes Reunion Ride!

On Oct. 1, the Digital Skills, Bicycle Thrills (DSBT) team hosted a Reunion Ride for participants from all six cohorts of the innovative program. DSBT is a free four-week course on bicycle safety that builds computer skills and confidence in urban biking.The DSBT partnership includes OAE, Better Bike Share Partnership,

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The Fifth Annual TLC Conference

The Technology Learning Collaborative (TLC) hosted ‘Talking About i-Generation’, their 5th annual conference focusing on how technology has impacted the lives of multiple generations. The conference featured a panel discussion with community members who have been affected by technology and was followed by a series of workshops targeted to youth,

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The Lutheran Settlement House KEYSPOTlight

Many people know the KEYSPOT centers provide free access to technology and internet access. What most people don’t know is that KEYSPOTs also offer innovative computer training to help residents improve digital skills. In September, OAE visited Lutheran Settlement House, one of six KEYSPOTS funded by the City. LSH joined

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New KEYSPOT Locations in North Philadelphia

Welcome our newest KEYSPOTs! Please join us in welcoming three new KEYSPOTs to our network of community-based computing centers! KEYSPOT is a network of public, private, and nonprofit organizations that provide technology, training, and other opportunities through more than 50 labs. KEYSPOTs are free to use and are conveniently located

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New Tech Skills Tutor Training – Enroll Today!

By Shazia Hashmi, Office of Adult Education The Office of Adult Education is pleased to announce the brand new Tech Skills tutor training, scheduled to launch August 2017! This training is designed for volunteers that are interested in bridging the digital divide through education. Volunteers will be equipped with an

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Digital Skills, Bicycle Thrills Roundup

By Shazia Hashmi, Office of Adult Education The Digital Skills, Bicycle Thrills (DSBT) team has had a busy, successful year so far! Fifteen students graduated from our KEYSPOT cohort on Thursday, May 18th and our second Spring cohort kicked off two weeks later at PEC – Families First in West

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KEYSPOT Partnerships

By Shazia Hashmi, Office of Adult Education The Office of Adult Education strives to connect KEYSPOT patrons with City services and resources. During fiscal year ’16, six non-profit KEYSPOT grant awardees work to establish new partnerships with City agencies and other non-profits, in addition to providing computer and job readiness

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Beginner Computer Skills Games

By Chelsea Reed, Office of Adult Education At KEYSPOT and myPLACE℠ Campuses across Philadelphia, many adults visit our computer labs because they are looking for support with basic computer skills. The mouse and keyboard are two areas in which our clients struggle. From searching for jobs, to retaining a career,

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KEYSPOT by the Numbers: A Review of data for Fiscal Year 2015 and the first quarter of 2016

Collecting data allows the KEYSPOT network to tell our story and to measure our collective impact. According to Philly, it’s “the numbers that make KEYSPOT a leader in digital inclusion.” In case you missed it at the recent Technology Learning Collaborative conference, here’s a rundown on the network data

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