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Tennessee's low-income families with children, a group specifically targeted by Connected Tennessee's Computers 4 Kids (C4K) program, experienced a massive 124% growth in broadband adoption over the past year.


The Boys & Girls Clubs in Tennessee

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Tennessee is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the educational, vocational and character development of youth in a safe, caring environment.

The clubs serve youth from kindergarten age to 12th grade and are open after school and provide care all day during the summer months, school holidays and in-service days. The Tennessee Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs was chartered in 2001 and is comprised of twenty-one organizations, serving over 59,600 youth across the state. For this project, Computers 4 Kids will partner with the Boys & Girls Clubs to provide broadband education, awareness, training, access, equipment, and support to each club and the vulnerable populations they serve and 2) stimulate demand for broadband, economic growth and job creation by creating a more technologically-savvy workforce and equipping underserved youth with the skills they need to attain sustainable employment. The Boys & Girls Clubs will, in turn, offer the use of their online technology training program, Club Tech, to the foster youth recipients also participating in the project.


The Department of Children's Services

As Tennessee's public child welfare agency, the Department of Children's Services (DCS) is responsible for helping some of the state's most vulnerable citizens. DCS has the responsibility of investigating cases of child abuse and neglect and working to find good foster homes and adoptive families.

Today DCS has approximately 8,000 kids in state custody. In partnership with C4K since 2007, DCS has worked closely with C4K to assist with the identification process of recipients as well as the placement of computers. For this project, foster youth identified by DCS will be provided with brand new computers, online technology training to enhance skills needed for success in today's technology-driven world and career training to equip them with vital job search and resume building skills that will launch them into a sustainable career. DCS will continue to assist with the selection of recipients within the foster care system, as determined by existing behavioral and grade requirements, as well as provide transportation for recipients to career training workshops.