Grand Opening of FourthNativeAmericanAchievementCenter to Take Place on April 24th, 2008 at Houlton Band of Maliseet in Maine
HOULTON, ME, April 15, 2008 – Together, SeniorNet, the world’s leading technology educator of older adults, and IBM Corporation are set to bring technology access and education to the fourth rural Native American reservation in the United States. On April 24th, 2008, SeniorNet and IBM will conduct the grand opening of the MaliseetTechnologyAchievementCenter at the Houlton Band of Maliseet in Houlton, Maine.
This grand opening is part of the ‘Hope and Harmony for Humanity Initiative’ sponsored by IBM, led by SeniorNet, and in partnership with the U.S. Department of the Interior Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED) and the Native American Chamber of Commerce (NACC).
Members of the community and media are invited to attend.
The agenda for the grand opening events is as follows:
Houlton Band of MaliseetTechnologyAchievementCenter Grand Opening MaliseetRecreationCenter - 568 Foxcroft Road, Houlton, Maine Thursday, April 24th, 2008 Grand Opening and Welcome SpeechesRefreshments and Tour of AchievementCenter
‘Hope and Harmony for Humanity’ is a grant-based initiative designed to bring computer access and education to five low-income and remote Native American reservations across the United States in an ongoing effort to bridge the ‘Digital Divide.’
”We appreciate having been chosen as one of the five tribal communities selected to develop this center,” said Brenda Commander, tribal chief, Houlton Band of Maliseet. “This is a great opportunity for our members to have access to state-of-the-art computer equipment and training. Members of all ages will benefit by acquiring the technical skills needed to succeed in the 21st century. I would like to thank all the project partners for their outstanding efforts.”
The MaliseetAchievementCenter opening on April 24th will offer computer and Internet access, education and training for reservation residents of all ages. The MaliseetAchievementCenter will also feature a special program to educate the Maliseet tribal elders, most of whom have never used a computer, on computer skills and applications.
“The ‘Hope and Harmony for Humanity’ initiative has broken new ground in bringing technology to rural and low-income Native American communities, including the Blackfeet Nation, the LeechLake Band of Ojibwe, the Tigua Tribe at Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo, and now also the Houlton Band of Maliseet,” said Leslie M. Smith, IBM business development executive and SeniorNet board chairman. “We are very pleased by the successes each tribe is experiencing with their new technology achievement centers, and SeniorNet is honored to work with IBM and other partner organizations on such a worthwhile and pioneering initiative.”
The first TechnologyAchievementCenter was opened at the Blackfeet Nation in Browning, Montana in September 2006. Since then, the ‘Hope and Harmony for Humanity’ collaborative has opened additional Technology Achievement Centers at the Leech LakeBand of Ojibwe in Cass Lake, Minnesota and at the Tigua Tribe in Ysleta del sur Pueblo, Texas.
“Through ‘Hope and Harmony for Humanity,’ SeniorNet has extended its mission of bringing computer access and education to older adults to also include underserved populations,” said Kristin Fabos, SeniorNet chief operating officer. “These Technology Achievement Centers will not only serve the needs of seniors, but will bring the empowerment of computer literacy to all on the reservation. SeniorNet is extremely grateful to IBM for their generous support.”
In addition to computer training ranging from introductory to advanced courses, the AchievementCenter will serve as an education center for the Maliseet community, offering classes on topics such as Family History and Genealogy, Health, Language Training, Work Skills, and Tutoring, as well as a host of life skills and enrichment curriculum.
About IBM IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with over 90 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate. For more information about IBM, visit www.ibm.com.
About SeniorNet Founded in 1986, SeniorNet is an international non-profit organization that has taught hundreds of thousands of adults age 50+ to use computers and the Internet and has enriched the lives of millions through its award-winning website, www.seniornet.org. With a thriving online community and a network of more than 130 locally run Learning Centers in the U.S. and abroad staffed by more than 3,500 volunteers, SeniorNet offers both offline and online destinations to a population that was originally neglected in the information revolution. With sponsorship by major corporations and foundations, private and public donations, and a backbone of individual members and contributors, SeniorNet continues to grow and offer new opportunities to those touched by its mission. SeniorNet headquarters is located in Santa Clara, CA.
For more information, contact: Kristin Fabos SeniorNet 900 Layette Street, Suite 604 Santa Clara, CA95050 Tel: 408-615-0699 Email:
Thursday, 12 June 2008 07:02
SENIORNET AND THE H.R.C. FOUNDATION BRING SENIORS IN CHULA VISTA ACROSS THE ‘DIGITAL DIVIDE’ WITH FREE COMPUTER ACCESS AND INSTRUCTION
Grand Opening of the SeniorNet Computer Learning Center at MAAC Project’s ‘Seniors on Broadway’ Affordable Housing Development to Take Place June 17th
SANTA CLARA, CA – June 11, 2008 – SeniorNet, the world’s leading nonprofit technology educator of older adults, with funding from the H.R.C. Foundation and in partnership with the Metropolitan Area Advisory Committee (MAAC) Project, a multi-purpose social service agency that promotes self-sufficiency for low and moderate income families and communities of Southern California, today announces it will open a new SeniorNet Computer Learning Center to bring free computer access and education to low-income, Latino seniors in Chula Vista, California.
The Grand Opening event and Open House will take place on June 17th, 2008 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the MAAC Project ‘Seniors On Broadway’ affordable housing community, at 845 Broadway, Chula Vista, CA 91911. All press and community members are invited to attend.
The opening of this scholarship-based SeniorNet Learning Center is part of a three-year grant from the H.R.C. Foundation to bridge the ‘Digital Divide’ by bringing the life-changing benefits of computer access and education to seniors of all backgrounds and ethnicities that are living in urban, underserved communities across the U.S. The H.R.C. Foundation is a private family foundation that funds programs for low-income children and families as well as older adults.
“We were very pleased to award SeniorNet with this grant,” said Mary Leonard, consultant, H.R.C. Foundation. “Low-income seniors are victims of the ‘Digital Divide,’ which widens in communities where English is a second language. We’ve experienced successes with the scholarship-based, SeniorNet Learning Centers we’ve opened in Washington, D.C. and New Orleans, and we’re especially pleased to provide this service to a Spanish-speaking community of older adults in Chula Vista, California.”
“SeniorNet is grateful to the H.R.C. Foundation and is proud to partner with the MAAC Project to bring technology into the lives of seniors living in the Chula Vista community,” said Kristin Fabos, SeniorNet Executive Director. “The MAAC Project ‘Seniors on Broadway’ location is a state-of-the-art, affordable housing facility that is a natural fit for a SeniorNet Computer Learning Center, which will provide seniors living on a fixed income with free computer instruction in both English and Spanish.”
The ‘Seniors on Broadway’ affordable housing development in Chula Vista was opened in July and built on surplus Chula Vista school district property. ‘Seniors on Broadway’ provides 42 affordable apartments for older adults. In addition to computer access and education at the SeniorNet Computer Learning Center, the development offers seniors the opportunity to be involved in an intergenerational learning program with the students at the Chula Vista Elementary Charter School, located next door.
“The ‘Seniors on Broadway’ affordable housing facility is a cooperative effort between the MAAC Project, the city of Chula Vista, and the Chula Vista Elementary School District that not only provides essential services for seniors, but also aids in the redevelopment of the Chula Vista community,” said Vicky Rodriguez, MAAC Project Director of Community Development. “We are grateful to SeniorNet and to the H.R.C. Foundation for their partnership with us to bring the added benefit of computer access and instruction to our residents as well as older adults in the surrounding Chula Vista community.”
The scholarship-based computer lab at Seniors on Broadway in Chula Vista, California is the third of three such computer learning centers that SeniorNet has opened as part of a three-year H.R.C. Foundation grant. The first two scholarship-based SeniorNet learning centers of this grant were opened in Washington, D.C. at Emmaus Services for the Aging’s Dr. Arthur S. Fleming Senior Center, and in New Orleans, at the Central City Economic Opportunity Corporation (EOC) Senior Center. About the MAAC Project The MAAC Project is a multi-purpose social service agency with a successful 42-year history of serving various communities throughout San Diego County. In 1965, MAAC Project opened its doors to serve San Diego's disadvantaged. One million clients later, MAAC is still acting as a catalyst to help individuals and families become self-sufficient. MAAC provides a spectrum of unique programs designed to assist clients by engaging them in the enhancement of their own lives through lifestyle changes. The programs strive to improve clients’ economic standing as well as their ability to access resources available to them.
MAAC serves over 35,000 individuals per year and over the past 42 years has touched the lives of over 1,000,000 clients. Employing over 300 personnel, MAAC staffs 35 sites bringing to its constituents empowering social services, health components, a state-of-the-art charter school, technology centers, economic development, affordable housing…all of which build community. MAAC serves San Diego County families through HeadStart/FirstStart, nutritional programs, low-income home weatherization and improvement, two notable and culturally specific recovery homes, award winning affordable housing complexes and a charter school.
About SeniorNet SeniorNet (www.seniornet.org) is the world's premier technology trainer and online community for adults over 50. Based in Santa Clara, California and founded in 1986, SeniorNet is an international nonprofit organization that has taught hundreds of thousands of older adults to use computers and the Internet and has enriched the lives of millions through its award-winning website. With a thriving online community and a network of nearly 150 locally run Learning Centers in the U.S. and abroad staffed by more than 4,000 volunteers, SeniorNet offers both offline and online destinations to a population that was originally neglected in the information revolution. With sponsorship by major corporations and foundations, private and public donations, and a backbone of individual members and contributors, SeniorNet continues to grow and offer new opportunities to those touched by its mission.
For Additional Information or to RSVP to the Grand Opening, contact:
Kristin Fabos SeniorNet (408) 615-0699
Adolfo Ventura MAAC Project (619) 454-0557