The Technology Learning Collaborative emerged from a group of Philadelphia nonprofit organizations who were Managing Partners in the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grants that enabled Philadelphia to create 77 public computer centers (KEYSPOTs) and to offer over 200,000 hours of digital literacy training across the city. Thanks to this one-time funding opportunity, organizations hosting these 77 KEYSPOT computer centers developed robust digital literacy and media education programming. More importantly, they have become stages on which other critical activities that are enhancing the lives of individuals and empowering local communities have taken place. The Technology Learning Collaborative is a natural outgrowth of this initial federal funding; it aims to continue to bring together the KEYSPOTs and to broaden its scope to any organization that provides a public computer center or digital literacy programming.
Free Library of Philadelphia
Free Library of Philadelphia aims to advance literacy, guide learning, and inspire curiosity. Its vision is to build an enlightened community devoted to lifelong learning. Initiated by the efforts of Dr. William Pepper, the Free Library of Philadelphia was chartered in 1891 as "a general library which shall be free to all." Over the years, numerous branches have been added to the Free Library system, many of them funded by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, who donated $1.5 million for branch construction in 1903. Today, there are 54 branches citywide, including three larger regional libraries and the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.
Media Mobilizing Project
The Media Mobilizing Project (MMP) focuses on building community media infrastructure for the growing movement to end poverty. Through the powerful combination of communications and organizing, they clarify the issues at stake and inspire and unite those who have a vested interest in change. Media and communications act as the central nervous system of this movement -- a broad-based social movement to end poverty, led by poor and working people united across color lines. MMP conducts regular video, radio, and web trainings for workers, immigrants, youth and community leaders.
People's Emergency Center
For over 40 years, PEC has primarily served homeless families consisting of single mothers and their young children. These families are headed by young mothers with little or no work experience and some history of personal or familial trauma. PEC supports them through emergency and transitional housing, employment and job training, computer skills development, GED and workplace literacy, as well as case management and counseling services. Through these initiatives, PEC works to create strong, self-sustaining families. They are committed to increasing equity and opportunity throughout their West Philadelphia community, as well as advocating for social justice.
In 1990, Philadelphia FIGHT was formed as a partnership of individuals living with HIV/AIDS and clinicians, who joined together to improve the lives of people living with the disease. Today, Philadelphia FIGHT is a comprehensive AIDS Service Organization providing state of the art, culturally competent HIV primary care, consumer education, advocacy, social services, outreach to people living with HIV and to those who are at high risk, and access to the most advanced clinical research. Their ultimate goal and hope is to end the AIDS epidemic within the lifetime of those currently living with HIV.
Philadelphia OIC, Inc.
Under the philosophical banner of “Helping People Help Themselves”, OIC has been moving people from welfare to work, from tax dependent to taxpayer and from homelessness to homeownership for 45 years. Their mission is to assist the unemployed, the underemployed, the homeless, and disadvantaged youth and adults to achieve self-sufficiency and empowerment, primarily through education, training, job placement, supportive human services, and housing and economic development. Over their lifetime, they have reached over 3 million people worldwide and 65,000 people in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia Parks and Recreation
With a variety of programs from aquatics to boxing, from basketball to tennis, gymnastics to dance, from the ice rinks to the Mummers' Parade, as well as one of the best municipal park systems in the world, the City of Philadelphia continues to serve all citizens of Philadelphia with a dedication and passion. They manage dozens of recreational facilities and parks, including the extensive and beautiful Fairmount Park. Parks and Recreation is committed to not only providing the City with quality parks and recreational centers, but keeping them safe and enjoyable places for citizens to learn and play.