2021 Technology Matching Fund Projects

Boys Girls Club of King County

Develop a Technology Station at Lowell Elementary School location serving 40 youth through age 12. Augmenting a donation of 15 Surface Go 2 devices by Microsoft, BGC will help youth devlope essential digital literacy skill enabling them to keep pace with their peers at school as well as with the advances occurring in the world around them. Award: $11,021.71

East African Community Services

The East African Digital Literacy program (EADL) designed to conduct in-person, small group digital literacy training sessions for 100 East African immigrant and refugee adults, ages 28-60. Student will receive 20 hours of training per month in 10, 10-person cohorts, in basic computer usage, social media and beginning and intermediate internet usage. Award: $25,000

Equity in Education Coalition

This project will integrate and train two AmeriCorps individuals to serve and offer digital navigation services in South Seattle, as well as develop a training curriculum for onboarding future AmeriCorps digital navigators. 400 multilingual, immigrant/refugee, low-income BIPOC communities in South Seattle will receive assistance through the EEC project.  Award: $25,000

Kin On Health Care Center

The Kin On SmartLab will feature a technology loan program and smart home device learning sessions for 120 older adults. The loan program will increase elders' access to new technology and online services, with tablets and hotspots that can be borrowed for three months at a time after attending training sessions. Award: $23,000

Literacy Source

This project will prepare the Learning Center in Lake City for a return to in-person classes and support infrastructure with digital literacy leads. With these updates, they will be able to host hybrid in-person and online learning sessions and the staffing will receive the skills needed to meet the digital skills needs of 500 adult and older adult students. Award: $20,140.45

Multimedia Resources Training Institute

MMRTI will provide online and in-person classes and workshops for 70 adults living at Yesler Terrace through the training and staffing of Digital Navigators, volunteers and technology professionals. They will help residents acquire computers and access to internet and assist them in navigating online services to secure additional supportive services. Award: $24,954

Path with Art

Path with Art will provide 30 wifi enabled tablets to 50 insecurely housed residents living in tiny home villages in partnership with Mary's Place, Low Income Housing Institute, Plymouth Housing and Camp Second Chance. Additionally, tablet recipients will have access to weekly technology literacy classes and 1:1 technical support and help. Award: $25,000

Renaissance 21

This project will provide Teen Learning Hubs in Seattle's underserved communities with 40 new laptops and virtual workshops in multiple languages to 80 teens in Seattle. Seattle's 8 Teen Learning Hubs have been opening COVID-compliant virtual learning spaces and this project will equip students with needed devices to increase their participation. Award: $24,957.50

Senior Center of West Seattle

Building Community Through Connections will provide access to technology for seniors at home as well as at the Senior Center of West Seattle. They will provide a 1-2 person Zoom Room on site and tech support for individuals bringing their own devices. Additionally, they will host virtual classes via Zoom in real time to home-based older adults to improve their digital literacy skills. They anticipate supporting 300 seniors through this project. Award: $19,290

Simulated Immersive eXperimental Realities

The Future Founders Makers Fellowship is a paid 120-hour training, networking and hands-on experience in product design, mentorship, and tech entrepreneurship. The 20-person inaugural cohort is open to all Seattle residents ages 16 to 24 years-old from historically underrepresented communities who have demonstrated interest in technology and targets Black and Latinx women, as well as recent immigrants. Award: $25,000

Somali Family Safety Task Force

This project provides tablets and hotspots to 20 East African immigrant and refugee women living in southeast and southwest Seattle. This funding will add two 10-week digital skills training sessions to COVID-19 delayed classes they are offering in winter and spring 2021. Additionally, they will hold three virtual workshops and trainings. Award: $25,000

Sound Generations

This project will equip 30 immigrant and refugee older adults in partnership with Sea Mar, Chinese Information Service Center and Horn of Africa Services with laptops, one-year of connectivity and provide workshops for services.  Sound Generations will hire a part-time Digital Equity Coordinator who will assist older adults in navigating their technology support needs.  Award: $21,900

The Vera Project

This two-part project will equip a Creative Equipment Lending Library for access by young artists to expand access and opportunities in inclusive creative industries with a special focus on at-home/DIY recording, production and live streaming. Their Digital Production Lab will support a cohort of 20 young people in a 6-month career-connected learning program of 20 classes and workshops. Award: $24,706

Wa Na Wari

This three-part project will develop a live-streaming lending library, establish an on-location studio and train and equip a paid cohort of 5 artists to gather oral histories from local BIPOC elders and community leaders in the Central Area. 80 older adults will benefit from this intergenerational project bringing together teens and adults to support their goals. Award: $23,160

Windz of Change Alliance

This project will equip indigenous individuals with technology tools and workshops to preserve their community relationship networks and prevent further loss of heritage protocol gathering practices and reduce isolation impacted by COVID-19. They will do this by creating a lending library, hosting workshops, and providing digital navigation support. Award: $25,000

Computing For All 

This project will provide 12 students to develop professional and technical skills needed to earn industry certifications in HTML, CSS, JavaScript and Visual Design and UX/UI to design web pages and applications. This is in partnership with Bank of America and students work in real-world environments. Award:$24,500

Duwamish Valley Sustainability Association 

This project will teach 45 Duwamish Valley youth animation skills, familiarizing adolescents with technology providing a pathway for technology or STEM related jobs. Students will produce 5 "how to" animations on obtaining adequate and affordable Wi-Fi, planning a public transportation trip on the web, using a quick response (QR) code on a smartphone, Zoom for beginners, and online job search. Award: $24,700

El Centro de la Raza

The Digital Literacy Lab bridges the digital divide in communities of color and promotes community learning through digital literacy skills training. Funding would enable El Centro de la Raza to upgrade their lab with the purchase of 25 new laptops. Approximately 250 low- to moderate-income Latino participants would use this training and these devices to guide work-related technology skills, secure a job, or continue post-secondary education. Award: $25,000

Filipino Community of Seattle

Through the Innovation Learning Center, FCS will provide culturally relevant skills training, access to devices, and technical support to over 200 members of the Rainier Valley community where they are located. They will provide 55 scholarships to cover the cost of STEAM classes and MakerSpace memberships, 10 desktop computers for their lab and cyber security workshops and train-the-trainer sessions.  Award: $25,000  

Organizacion Centro Americano

The project is a series of two-part workshops designed to teach digital literacy, internet, and social media skills to encourage technology adoption in the Central American community to support employability in today's labor industry. These workshops will be offered over a three-month period each and serve 40 Latinx adults.   Award: $25,000 

Real Change Homeless Empowerment Project

Real Change will purchase and distribute phones for 100 program participants, referred to as vendors, over the calendar year. Through training, the program will increase the ability of Real Change's vendors to increase sales of the newspapers through social media and allow access to their cashless sales app (Venmo). This increases safety and reduces barriers to receiving up-to-date information necessary for their success.  Award: $15,000

Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation & Development Authority

This project will expand digital access for low-income housing communities in the Chinatown International District, including immigrant families, youth, and seniors. They will provide Wi-Fi internet, printing, scanning, and a shared computer workstation in common areas (lobbies, community rooms) of five residential buildings in the neighborhood managed by SCIDpda. Award: $17,000 

Somali Community Services of Seattle

This project will provide 20 low-income Somali refugee families with laptops, digital skills training and 1:1 Tech Tutoring for parents. The training and supplementary tutoring will provide parents with the skills necessary for job search, assisting their K-12 children in accessing their classes and homework online, and doing common tasks online. Award: $24,800

The Breakfast Group

The Breakfast Group Project MISTER Online will partner with Seattle's public high schools to implement a mentorship program focused on improving the educational success of BIPOC males. BGPM mentors will host weekly afterschool digital classes with scholars in coding, computer security, data encryption, and digital communications. Award: $24,500

Totem Star

The Totem Star Mobile Studio will provide up to 120 youth and adult artists with digital audio workstations on loan to increase their capacity to produce, distribute and market their music from their homes. Totem Star will provide music technology fluency, audio engineering, career-connect learning, and music education. Award: $24,000

Tribal Technology Training Organization

The Tribal Technology Training program will offer digital skills workshops centering on workforce development goals for natives and homeless clients most affected by digital inequities. The project will provide laptops, digital navigator support, and training tailored to the unique needs of native people, by other native people who understand their needs. Award: $25,000

Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle

This project will provide low-income communities of color with free digital skills computer training, online internet browsing, job search mapping and more at the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle Computer Learning Lab. Classes and workshops will be offered both in-person and virtually through loaner laptops and hotspots. Award: $25,000

Villa Comunitaria

Aula Digital en Accion will offer basic and intermediate digital literacy classes and workshops for the Latinx community and empower 25 non-English speaking residents, leading to increased results in obtaining employment, citizenship and accessing online information and resources. All classes and workshops will be held virtually, and funding will support laptop ownership and connectivity in conjunction with digital skills training and support.  Award: $25,000  

YMCA of Greater Seattle

The Y-Tech program is a partnership of the YMCA's Social Impact Center and Horn of Africa Services (HOAS) a robust training program for 40 youth with three components: (1) 12-hour job readiness training curriculum; (2) 88-hour group project working together to address a community cause and complete a digital media project around their service project; and (3) 60-hour paid work experience internship placement for participants in the program. Award: $25,000