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Thursday, 19 July 2007 15:22
IBM, the Native American Chamber of Commerce, SeniorNet and the U.S. Department of the Interior Open Technology Achievement Center for Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

Organizations Collaborate in the “Hope and Harmony for Humanity” Initiative to Bring Free Computer Access and Training to Rural Minnesota Reservation

CASS LAKE, MN, June 28, 2007 – Furthering its effort to bring technology access and education to underserved populations, the ‘Hope and Harmony for Humanity Initiative’ sponsored by IBM, and including the U.S. Department of the Interior Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED), the Native American Chamber of Commerce (NACC) and SeniorNet, the nation’s leading technology educator of older adults, today announced the opening of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Achievement Center located at the Elder Nutrition Program (6212 Upper Cass Frontage Road, N.W. Cass Lake, MN 56633).

The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Achievement Center is the second of five Achievement Centers to be opened during the next two years as part of ‘Hope and Harmony for Humanity,’ a collaborative, grant-based initiative of IBM, the NACC, the U.S. Department of the Interior and SeniorNet, designed to bring computer technology access and education to low-income and remote Native American reservations across the United States. The first such Achievement Center was opened in September 2006 on the Blackfeet Nation in Browning, Montana.

The Lenovo PC-based Achievement Center opening today at the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe will offer computer and Internet access, education and training for reservation residents of all ages. In addition to computer training ranging from introductory to advanced courses, the Achievement Center will serve as an education center for the reservation’s 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.

The Ojibwe Achievement Center is also a Microsoft ‘Unlimited Potential’ grant recipient, an initiative to provide all people with the opportunity and skills to use the power of technology to access information, to communicate and collaborate with others, and to achieve their personal and professional goals. Through the program, Microsoft provides solutions and tools that suit the unique needs of each community. To that end, the Achievement Center will provide training and coursework on Microsoft Office programs, thus equipping them for real-world workplace situations and personal advancement.

“While we’ve made great strides over the past 20 years to bridge the ‘Digital Divide’ by bringing computer technology access and education to older adults across the country, Native American populations living in rural and low-income communities are still left behind,” said Kristin Fabos, executive director, SeniorNet. “This Achievement Center is one more step toward bridging the Digital Divide and empowering the underserved with the life-changing benefits of technology.”

“The U.S. Department of the Interior has been a vital partner in the ‘Hope and Harmony for Humanity’ initiative,” said Leslie M. Smith, business development executive, IBM and SeniorNet board chairman. “Their support, along with that of the NACC, SeniorNet and IBM gives Native American communities equal access to the latest technology, curriculum and resources so that they too may participate in the Information Age.”

“We are very excited about the addition of the Achievement Center to our community,” said Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Chairman George Goggleye. “It (the Achievement Center) will provide a place for people of all ages to learn about technology, our culture, as well as valuable life and career skills. We’re very thankful to each of these organizations for providing us with this great asset.”

In addition, in an effort to promote reading among the reservation’s grades K-12 students, the SeniorNet online Book Club (www.seniornet.org) has also organized a book donation program whereby they will procure and coordinate the donation and shipment of books to the Achievement Center.

About IBM
IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with over 80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate. Drawing on resources from across IBM and key Business Partners, IBM offers a wide range of services, solutions and technologies that enable customers, large and small, to take full advantage of the new era of e-business. For more information about IBM, visit www.ibm.com.

About the Native American Chamber of Commerce (NACC)
The Native American Chamber of Commerce (www.namcham.org) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the Native American business community through charitable, cultural and educational programs and initiatives for current and future generations. NACC is a growing 501(c)(3) organization with a combined membership of over 500 corporate and American Indian owned enterprises with members in 31 States. One of only thirteen Native American Chambers in the United States, NACC assists both corporations and small businesses profit through numerous programs.

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 200 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
Executive Director
SeniorNet
900 Layette Street, Suite 604
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Tel: 408-615-0699
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Thursday, 19 July 2007 15:16

Honors Given to SeniorNet ‘Learning Center of the Year’ and ‘Online Program of the Year’

SANTA CLARA, Calif. July 9, 2007 – SeniorNet, the nation’s leading technology educator of older adults, today announced the recipients of its first annual Chairman’s Award, a new program designed to recognize SeniorNet Learning Centers and Online Programs from the past year that have demonstrated exceptional work in bringing technology access and education to older adults, and innovation in the use of technology to further adult education. SeniorNet is proud to honor the Don Weidman SeniorNet Learning Center in Huntington, New York and the www.seniornet.org online community’s Book Donation Program as the inaugural recipients of its prestigious Chairman’s Award. Created by the organization’s Board of Directors, the award honors outstanding achievement by a SeniorNet Learning Center and a SeniorNet Web Program.

SeniorNet students, Learning Center coordinators and site sponsors nominated 22 Learning Centers for consideration over a period of two months. The Board of Directors then made a selection based on the following criteria: innovative teaching/sharing methods, community outreach, Learning Center growth/sustainability planning, and participation in the national organization’s activities.

“It was a very difficult decision. All of the nearly 200 SeniorNet Learning Centers are doing exceptional work to help bridge the ‘Digital Divide’,” said Leslie M.Smith, SeniorNet board chairman. “But as the board and staff evaluated the nominees, the Don Weidman Learning Center excelled in each criteria area and truly exemplifies what it means to be an outstanding SeniorNet Learning Center.”

As the 2007 ‘SeniorNet Learning Center of the Year,’ the Don Weidman Learning Center will receive $1,000.00 to advance its technology education and access programs for adults age 50+ living in the greater Huntington, New York community.

The Don Weidman Learning Center, located at the Family Service League (790 Park Ave., Huntington, NY 11743-4516), offers sixteen different computer-related classes year-round and has served more than 4,000 students since it opened in 1999. The Learning Center continues to attract new students and volunteers by offering new classes, conducting open houses, promoting their courses at local libraries, community centers, churches and senior events and submitting articles to the community newspapers. Its website, newsletter, SNUG (SeniorNet User Group) and regular training workshops keep volunteers and students informed and engaged in the Learning Center’s activities.

In addition to support from SeniorNet headquarters, the SeniorNet Learning Center has proactively sought and received funding from its site sponsor, the Family Service League, as well as from the KeySpan Foundation, Suffolk County Office for the Aging, State Assemblyman Andres P. Raia, 18th District Legislator Jon Cooper, and the Town of Huntington. These efforts have made it possible for the center to feature the latest computer technology in its classroom.

In addition, students at the Don Weidman Learning Center give back to the community by refurbishing its older computers then donating them to local families and organizations in need. SeniorNet volunteers also take SeniorNet on the road to local assisted living facilities where they assist older adults one-on-one with tasks ranging from email and Internet searches, to photo editing, creating greeting cards and genealogy research.

Moss Rawn, SeniorNet coordinator, accepted the award on behalf of the Don Weidman Learning Center.

The Chairman's Award for SeniorNet Web Program of 2007 is presented to a team of volunteers for their innovative creation and dedicated implementation of the SeniorNet Book Donation Program.

“On behalf of the SeniorNet Board of Directors, I'm thrilled to present the SeniorNet Book Donation Program with a $1,000.00 donation for this life-changing initiative,” said Smith. “It’s amazing what has been accomplished in just a few short years of marketing and managing the program via the SeniorNet website. Additionally, the board wishes to recognize all of the volunteers and contributing organizations, including the PEN/Faulkner Award, who have donated books, time and resources to the success of the Book Donation Program.”

Inspired by the Wally Lamb book, Couldn't Keep it to Myself: Wally Lamb and the Women of the York Correctional Institution, the program began in 2004 as a way to help new and gently used books make a difference in the lives of the incarcerated women at the York, Connecticut facility. The program has since expanded to provide books to the libraries of the South Carolina Department of Corrections. To date, 5,086 books have been donated to these prison programs.

In response to the ‘Hope & Harmony for Humanity Initiative’, a collaborative, grant-based initiative of IBM, the Native American Chamber of Commerce, the U.S. Department of the Interior and SeniorNet, designed to bring computer technology access and education to low-income and remote Native American reservations across the United States, the SeniorNet Book Donation Program expanded again in 2006 to begin collecting books for the Native American children on these reservations. More than 360 books have been collected for children of the Blackfeet Nation in Browning, Montana and they’ve now expanded to include the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe in Cass Lake, Minnesota.

Smith presented the award to program coordinator, Ginny Anderson of Pauline, SC.

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 200 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.

 
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