Introducing One Million NIU Programs
It is the goal of the Duarte Unified School District to ensure every student has a computer in their homes with access to the internet. To achieve this vision, the district has partnered with the non-profit organization One Million NIU (New Internet Users) to implement the Technology Redeployment Program (TRP), Parent Engagement through Technology Program (PE+T) and Affordable Broadband Internet Service Program for DUSD families currently without access.
The TRP program is a 40 hour course offered to students at Northview, Duarte High School and M.I.T. that is taught by One Million NIU personnel. During three day a week sessions held after school for 3 hours, students are taught how to build, repair and refurbish computers that have been donated by businesses in the LA area. Once the computers have been restored, they are then deployed to DUSD families without a computer in their home.
In the Parent Engagement through Technology program, One Million NIU instructors introduce parents to eight (8) specific websites: 1) California Colleges, 2) KnowHow2Go, 3) local school district, 4) local library, 5) Parent Tool Kit, 6) Ninos En Su Casa, 7)Facebook and the 8) Internet Safety – how to protect your child on-line, that greatly assists them in their quest toward increased engagement. Using a 40-hour structured curriculum, parents are walked through each of the aforementioned websites, step by step, placing key tools in their “parent” tool box. At program end, the participants walkaway with a PowerPoint presentation, that they themselves have developed, which serves as an e-resource guide for them and their family well after the course has ended.
One Million NIU is also offering resources that allow DUSD families an opportunity to gain broadband Internet access for only $10 a month.A reception was held to celebrate the completion of phase one of the program on December 18, 2014. In attendance were Kevin Morris, DUSD Director of College, Career and Community Resources; Jim Dinsmore, DUSD Board Member; Liz Reily, Duarte City Councilmember; Nichol Delgado, Field Representative for Assemblyman Roger Hernandez and Larry Ortega, co-founder of One Million NIU. As this event, twelve families and twenty-five students went home with computers donated by the school district and refurbished by Duarte Unified students in a class led by One Million NIU's Juan Lopez, Jose Vargas Ulloa and Phil Calderon. These students ranged from 7th - 12th grade and worked 36 hours after-school to prepare 39 systems for redeployment back into the community of Duarte.SPECIAL MEETING & PRESENTATION NOVEMBER 7, 2014. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.
One Million NIU is a collaboration of community based organizations, schools, civic and business entities coming together to increase economic and education opportunities in under-served communities. NIU’s impacting millions of families through increased technology training and use of e-resources, found on the Internet. For more information about One Million NIU, visit http://onemillionniu.org/.
For more information, please contact:Kevin Morris
Director of College, Career and Community Services