Mission of the DigitalESL
The DigitalESL Collaborative sees digital technology
as a means for empowering all East St. Louis metro area residents to build
and sustain a healthy, livable community. We see a team of technology-savvy
people who are well connected to each other and to different kinds of
opportunities in the region and around the world. Through technology,
all citizens will have easy access to learning opportunities, economic
opportunities, and resources for better living. Information technology
will become part of daily life and expand peoples’ thinking and their
awareness of these possibilities.
To join the DigitalESL Collaborative or for more
information, contact: Cathy Klump at the Neighborhood Technical Assistance
Center, 348R Collinsville Avenue, East St. Louis, IL 618-271-9605
ESL Collaborative Sites and Photographs
Background of the DigitalESL Collaborative:
The DigitalESL Collaborative was formed in October,
2000. There are a number of exciting technology related efforts underway
in the East St. Louis metro area. The DigitalESL Collaborative is a way
to coordinate the efforts of all partners, maximize the shared resources
and create a common vision for the impact technology can have on our community
and on individuals. Our partners are committed to bringing the information
age OPPORTUNITIES to RESIDENTS of the East St. Louis metro area.
Each of the partners in the DigitalESL Collaborative
has an impressive list of recent accomplishments. As a Collaborative,
we have made the following progress since October, 2001:
- Enhanced the Mt. Calvary and New Beginning
Out Reach Ministry by adding workstations to their existing systems.
Their computers are now networked and the Internet is now an option.
- Installed community technology centers at the
Bride of Christ Community Outreach Mission and Adventures in Motivation.
All computers are networked and have access to the Internet.
- Submitted a $5 million proposal to the Hewlitt-Packard
“Digital Village” program for technology funds. Although, the proposal
was denied, the DigitalESL Collaborative did rank in the top twenty
proposals out of over 800 applicants.
- Developed an email listserve so those partners
in the DigitalESL Collaborative can regularly exchange information,
share ideas and stay connected.
- Submitted proposals to the Department of Commerce
and Community Affairs and the Illinois Community Technology Fund. If
funded, the Collaborative would be able to provide low or no-cost Internet
access throughout the community via community technology centers.
Goals of the DigitalESL Collaborative:
- Create community technology centers within
walking distance of most people who live in the community. Equip these
sites with state-of-the-art technology to enable residents to learn
both applied and back-end technologies.
- Create an Internet point-of-presence in East
St. Louis to deliver broadband wireless connectivity to community technology
- Promote a system of household ownership of
computers tied to incentives for upgrading skills and volunteers to
support community technology.
- Create central capacity to manage the infrastructure,
provide tech support, create training programs, and coordinate different
- Create an information dissemination mechanism
to share community technology resources.
- Connect the business community to the community
technology efforts so that residents can access the economic opportunities
of the region through employment and entrepreneurship.
- Create a number of attractive educational opportunities
for alternative learning for all ages.
- Use computer clubhouses to cater to the needs
of latchkey children that are based on play and learning using technology.
- Develop telemedicine systems that deliver preventive
medicine health care information and monitoring for seniors, expecting
mothers and young children.
- Develop systems for citizens to be more engaged
with local government and to alter the way in which public information
is dissemi-nated and used to make decisions.
Showing Locations of Digital ESL Collaborative Sites (pdf file)
Last modified: 28 February 2001, Deanna Koenigs