I’m going to apologize in advance for a large number of posts this afternoon. The Blandin Foundation has just announced a round of broadband grant awards and I want to post each award individually so that it’s easier to access in the archive and so that each community will have its own post to promote. Thanks!
Blandin Foundation awards grant to the Brainerd Baxter Youth Center to create PCs for People affiliate office
GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. (July 30, 2014) – Blandin Foundation announced today that it has awarded six grants totaling $123,190 that assist rural Minnesota communities in advancing high-speed Internet access and use in their communities, including a grant in the Brainerd/Baxter area.
The Brainerd Baxter Youth Center will establish a PCs for People affiliate office where youth will be trained to refurbish computers, with support of a $25,000 Blandin Foundation grant. Refurbished computers will be redistributed to income-qualified families in the Brainerd/Baxter area.
“We are grateful for this opportunity to build a program that provides a resource for youth in our communities to experience hands on training,” says Cindy Moore, Director of the Brainerd Baxter Youth Center Shop. “Youth will be mentored to master skills in refurbishing, repairing and recycling computers. Additionally, those in our community most in need will have the ability to purchase a personal computer from our PC’s for People Program and have the advantage of a 90-day limited warranty and customer service.”
PCs for People advances digital inclusion by eliminating the number of individuals without a computer or access to Internet in the home. In Brainerd/Baxter, area youth will also offer training for families to develop 21st Century skills. This project aligns with the work being done by the Resilient Region Champions and the High Tech Task Force, who are working to bring broadband to the rural Brainerd Lakes area.
“Rural leaders know that connected communities are vibrant communities,” said Dr. Kathleen Annette, CEO of Blandin Foundation. “We are delighted to see the Brainerd Baxter Youth Center tap into the passion of their young people to expand access to – and use of – high-speed Internet so critical to work and life today.”