Laptops, Internet and Tech Training to Underserved Youth in the Twin Cities

Earlier today Bernadine wrote about the Foundation perspective on broadband – so I thought it was fun to hear about a local project is removing barriers in the Twin Cities. TECHdotMN is…

a passionate group of technology enthusiasts on a mission to serve Minnesota’s high tech ecosystem and the early stage ventures within it. Through a mix of unique audio/video features and written word, we create original Minnesota high tech news and curate relevant local news from outside sources.

Apparently they donate 51 percent of gross revenues to charity. Their latest project is called Teen Connect.

Through this pilot program, the [three] youth received modern hardware devices with unlimited 3G data plans courtesy of TECHdotMN and enrolled in a custom technology training program designed by PPL to help them make the most of their new tools.

You can hear about the newly tech-laden youth and their plans for their computers on the TECHdotMN site. I think it’s a great example of an each-one-reach one strategy of technology adoption. The best part of the plan is that it seems like something that would be pretty easy to replicate.

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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (, hosts a radio show on MN music (, supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota ( and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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