We at Connecting for Good have successfully installed 70 Wi-Fi radios on almost 40 buildings at Juniper Gardens, a 390 unit low income housing project in Kansas City, Kansas. Located at 3rd and Quindaro, Juniper Gardens is a place where the average household income is half the average of the rest of the state and where the crime rate is four times the national average.
We are working to bring free broadband Wi-Fi to every family at the complex, nearly 1,000 people a majority of whom are children under 18 years old. Internet connectivity will absolutely transform this under resourced neighborhood.
The April 5th SMCKC breakfast brainstorm for the Community Capital Fund of Kansas City generated a wealth of interesting ideas for how social media could be used for community good.
After enjoying a breakfast buffet prepared by Chef Celina Tio at the Kansas City Cafe, 50+ SMCKC-ers engaged in rapid-fire discussions to come up with ways three local neighborhood groups could drive awareness and engagement in the online realm.
Since the SMCKC computer drive last November when we collected over 40 used computers to be refurbished and donated, Connecting for Good has made a lot of progress towards their goal of helping close the digital divide in Kansas City.
Last Friday, Connecting for Good celebrated the opening of their new space located at 1624 Westport Rd near the Kansas City Startup Village. Thank you to many SMCKC members for attending the open house and for the continued support of CFG's efforts!
As Google Fiber installations have begun in earnest, Connecting for Good plans to conduct free digital literacy classes at public libraries on both sides of the state line.
Besides introducing people to basic Internet skills, the sessions will include helping those involved to actually go through the Google Fiber sign up process.
For class participants who need a computer but can't afford one, vouchers will be given out that will allow them to get a good, Internet-ready refurbished computer for as low as $50.