Free Digital Life Skills Classes
In 2014, 2,000 urban core residents took part in our digital life skills courses.
We believe connectivity equals opportunity. So we are working to ensure that low income and under resourced Kansas City residents have an Internet-connected computer in their homes. Connectivity all by itself will not close the Digital Divide, however. To help people become active digital citizens, we offer three equally important programs to the community —connectivity, affordable computers and digital literacy.
By teaching everyday digital skills, like online communications and job searching, Connecting for Good helps under-resourced families, senior citizens and the disabled to experience all of the possibilities that the World Wide Web has to offer
We are conducting regularly scheduled free classes ans one-on-one and hands-on digital tutorials at our centers located at 3101 Troost in Kansas City, Missouri and at 2006 N 3rd Street in Kansas City, Kansas. Our mobile computer labs travels throughout the metro area to provide classes at several different locations, including Kansas City Public Library branches, neighborhood associations and other community organizations. (see the schedule)
The training involves these basic digital life skills: computer basics, setting up an email account and an introduction to browsing the Internet.
We also offer tutoring and special classes on these topics
- Finding health/medical information
- Accessing government services
- Searching for job opportunities
- Social networking
- Online shopping
- Banking online
- Classes/certification online
See our Computer Lessons for Beginners with links to self-paced learning experiences in computer basics, the Internet, e-mail, social media and MS Word.
Because this knowledge is not helpful unless people can use it, we offer low income people who complete both classes with an inexpensive refurbished PC for as little as $75.00. Additionally, for those do not already have Internet in their homes, we provide inexpensive ways to get online. We maintain Wi-Fi networks at three low income housing complexes and offer an inexpensive 4G Internet service. We help students find discounted services with local ISPs and direct them to to free Wi-Fi hotspots and public computer centers.
To sign up for free classes, see our Class Sessions Schedule.
We welcome volunteers to assist us in conducting these classes. If you are interested in getting involved, please use our Volunteer Interest Form.
Donate $75.00 to provide a computer to a low income family!