The TechConnect Initiative brings science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to underserved youth at park community centers. TechConnect Interns facilitate the delivery of hands-on STEM and literacy enrichment for youth participating in neighborhood recreation centers. Bringing library-inspired programming to the Park Campers who were enrolled at the recreation centers, has been enthusiastically embraced by the Parks Department and the campers themselves. As the program and interest in TechConnect has grown, so has participation from children and families outside of District H as well.
TechConnect was created by Council Member Cisneros in 2016 to help bring digital equity to District H kids living in poverty. The program targets two populations of young people: Children ages 6-13 who lack access to tech devices and gadgets; and it also targets the TechConnect interns aged 16 to 24, who may be in high school or college, or are Opportunity Youth. Both targeted groups, the children served and the Interns, benefit from interactive engagement in hands-on, tech experiences, and also from opportunities for academic and professional development.
In the Fall of 2021, the program expanded from a summer program, to now include after-school programing during the academic school year. Children participate through the Parks Department programs at neighborhood recreation centers in District H Parks. Also new in the Fall of 2021, was the installation of free public WIFI at each TechConnect site. With additional funding from generous sponsors, TechConnect will be looking to expand into other underserved parts of the City. TechConnect is returning as a summer program in 2022, and will also continue to operate as an after school program at District H parks throughout the academic school year.
You can find a TechConnect Intern at the following locations:
- Melrose Community Center
- Clark Community Center
- Moody Community Center
- Independence Heights Community Center
- Montie Beach Community Center
- Stude Community Center
- Woodland Community Center
- Proctor Plaza Community Center
- Eastwood Community Center
- Settegast Community Center
- Denver Harbor Multi-Service Center
- Fonde Community Center