Tech Impact provides computer training to Bright Spot Ventures program youth.
Bright Spot Ventures, a WENH Lifelines program for youth currently or formerly involved with the foster care system, employs, empowers, and equips youth with the necessary skills to successfully transition into adulthood. Bright Spot Ventures staff recognized a need to incorporate computer skills training into the program, which started in the Fall of 2011. In Spring 2012, Amy Hurley, Bright Spot Ventures Supervisor, reached out to Patrick Callihan, Executive Director of Tech Impact, to provide basic computer and office software skills training to the Bright Spot Ventures’ youth.
During June 2012, Tech Impact provided basic Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and Access training to Bright Spot Ventures’ youth, through a “lite” version of its ITWorks training program for at-risk youth.
Tech Impact ITWorks, which launched in Wilmington in March 2012, provides a free, 16-week technology training program to disadvantaged young adults. The program consists of 11 weeks of technical and professional skills training, certification, and 5 weeks of service internship at local nonprofits and corporations.
The training is helping the youth to become job-ready for a technologically sophisticated workplace, and is an outreach to engage and prepare inpiduals for the full ITWorks program.