TechServ clubs help middle school and high school students develop advanced technology skills while addressing issues of digital inclusion in their communities. The in-school and after-school clubs provide students with hands-on experiences such as taking apart and rebuilding computers, performing routine operating system checks, installing applications, troubleshooting and providing basic maintenance. Through service-learning activities, students pass on what they have learned to their families, schools and communities.
Members of the DSF team serve with Jay Cohen of Parent University in the School District of Philadelphia every Tuesday. The team instructs parents on topics including: basic computer use; using email; and using the websites and online content of the School District of Philadelphia (accessing grades, progress reports, etc.) This technology aspect of Parent University serve to assist parents in better understanding and monitoring the activity of their children on the computer, and to learn to use computers themselves.
Freedom Rings Partnership – Recreation Centers
The Freedom Rings Partnership serves to provide computer and Internet access to residents of Philadelphia who would otherwise not have access to such technology. Computers, Internet access and training will allow people to access job opportunities, build computer skills, apply for public benefits, pay bills online, find life-saving health information, read daily news, complete schoolwork, and gain needed social support. DSFs will assist in the activities at several Rec Centers in Philadelphia on a regular basis.
Digital Media Projects with Elementary and Middle School students
DSFs will serve with Need In Deed to assist teachers in Philadelphia Schools (Elementary and Middle School) with service learning projects (Public Service Announcements, Music Videos, Websites, etc.) that use digital media to address issues in their communities.
Devnuts is a Northern Liberties based hacker-space where young techs and designers come together to learn, work, and hang out. Their space is open to anyone with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Devnuts provides a launchpad for local Philly startups, as well as web development and design training for students within their open-forum style community. Chris Alfano is currently leading an internship program at Devnuts for seven Digital Service Fellows, with the assistance of Nafis Bey. Nafis Bey also serves as Computer Support Specialists at Science Leadership Academy. The internship program at Devnuts takes place three nights per week. The Digital Service Fellows interns work on independent projects that address an issue in the community related to digital inclusion.