Urban Affairs Coalition Announces Successful Completion of KEYSPOT Project

Date: 
February 17, 2014

Urban Affairs Coalition Announces

Successful Completion of KEYSPOT Project

For immediate release

Contact: Kate Rivera

krivera@uac.org

215-851-1779

 

 Philadelphia, PA -- February 17, 2014 -- The Urban Affairs Coalition (UAC) is pleased to announce the successful completion of its $11.8M federal stimulus grant to bring computer and internet access to low-income Philadelphians. As a result of this grant, over 25,000 Philadelphians received over 230,000 hours of computer training; over 6,000 families became new subscribers to internet at home; and over 5M awareness impressions were generated about the importance of internet access. UAC collaborated with over 50 organizations to form the Freedom Rings Partnership, which later branded this initiative with the name KEYSPOT.

With research indicating that as many of 41%-55% of Philadelphians do not have internet at home, the Freedom Rings Partnership was formed in 2010 to help some of Philadelphia's most vulnerable residents get access to the internet and training on how to use computers. KEYSPOTS took a community-based approach of establishing computer labs and training programs in existing social service organizations who were best equipped to meet the needs of individuals and families requiring assistance. "When we say our approach is collaborative, that's not just talk," emphasized Sharmain Matlock-Turner, President/CEO of the Urban Affairs Coalition, "KEYSPOTS is a true gathering of equals, all working together to make progress on an issue we care deeply about."

According to Mayor Nutter, "KEYSPOTS has realized that, in the 21st century, digital access is more than a privilege. It's a lifeline." Kahdijah Freeman, a client of the KEYSPOT program, agrees, "KEYSPOTS allowed me to learn more, expand my business, do my job better, support my family better. That's the power of a computer."

UAC's grant was one of two grants awarded in Philadelphia by the National Telecommunications and Information Agency (NTIA) under the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). The other grant was awarded to the City of Philadelphia's Office of Innovation and Technology.

For more information please visit http://www.uac.org/partners/freedom-rings-sustainable-broadband-adoptionkeyspot.

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About the Urban Affairs Coalition

The Urban Affairs Coalition unites government, business, neighborhoods, and individual initiatives to improve the quality of life in the region, build wealth in urban communities, and solve emerging issues. With a network of over 65 partner organizations, the Coalition strengthens nonprofit organizations through fiscal sponsorship, capacity building, and program evaluation in order to provide economic opportunity to low-income household, working families, and disadvantaged businesses.