Voice Cares is a new feature highlighting the work of the community’s hardworking non-profit organizations. We encourage you to support them.
SmartRiverside is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 2006 that is working to close the digital divide in Riverside. SmartRiverside’s Digital Inclusion program helps low income families who could otherwise not afford one, receive a free PC.
SmartRiverside also aims to introduce students to the possibilities and careers computer programming presents through its Code to Careers program. Code to Careers’ goal is to create and conduct a computer coding training curriculum for youth. SmartRiverside is working with partner organizations also interested in helping youth learn computer programming to create a working team. School Districts and Community Centers offer introductory classes using Google’s CS First program. SmartRiverside provides a robotics class using the Raspberry Pi device. Local universities provide student volunteers to assist with instruction. Many of these classes target youth from low-income families who are in after-school and summer camp programs. Code to Careers aims to provide them with coding skills that will allow them to expand their pursuit of a computer programming and understand the opportunities available in that field.
Riverside has a large population of disadvantaged and struggling residents (many of whom are not familiar with computer technology) and thus do not have the same educational and career opportunities as those that have computers and internet access. The program is a simple plan to foster local student’s success, increase communication capabilities of disadvantaged citizens, and to raise the quality of life for all residents of the city of Riverside. SmartRiverside works with the Riverside and Alvord Unified School districts to promote this program to students.
To be featured in this section: Contact Monica Vicuna, Voice Cares Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org