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Computer Resource Centers Collaborations

Collaborators enable CRCs to diversify program offerings and reach a broader audience. We are always looking to expand the breadth and impact of our program by forging new and innovative collaborations for programming in the Computer Resource Centers.

Broadband Technology Opportunities Program

In July 2011, Computer Resource Centers received $2.2 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus funding through the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). This program, administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and pursued by New York City’s Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DOITT), resulted in the creation of the Connected Communities Initiative - a consortium of information resource organizations led by DoITT. Computer Resource Centers is one of six Connected Communities recipients along with the Brooklyn, Queens Borough, and New York Public Libraries, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), and the New York City Department for the Aging/Older Adults Technology Services (DFTA/OATS).

The Connected Communities Initiative seeks to provide New York City communities with improved broadband access and technology instruction geared toward economic recovery, workforce development, digital literacy, and youth educational enrichment opportunities. Participation in this initiative has enabled Computer Resource Centers to support and sustain a longstanding mission to bridge the digital divide in New York City by providing free or low-cost technology access to New York City residents in recreation centers.

As a result of the federal funding, CRCs have hired additional technology educators, implemented new equipment and software, and strengthened program offerings to serve New Yorkers across the five boroughs.

BTOP sponsored Computer Resource Centers include: Al Oerter, Brownsville, Chelsea, Greenbelt, Hamilton Fish, Hansborough, Jackie Robinson, Sorrentino, St. John’s, St. Mary’s and Sunset Park Computer Resource Centers.

For more information about the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, please visit:


The NYC Economic Development Corporation (EDC) is seeking capable young adults as part of LINK (Leveraging, Innovations and our Neighborhood in the Knowledge economy) initiatives. DigitalWork NYC, a part of the EDC, combines computer classroom training and online work opportunities to grow youth involvement in the business, entrepreneurship, and technology sectors.

Program Partners

Adobe Youth Voices supplies software, curriculum, and staff mentorship for select CRCs to engage kids and teens in multimedia projects that encourage them to explore the world around them.

BronxConnect provides youth with alternatives to incarceration involving mentorship and positive community engagement. BronxConnect youth participate in the St. Mary’s CRC RECYouth program.

CGS, Inc. trains special education students in computers skills that help them find employment.

City Parks Foundation offers multimedia training for teens at six CRC sites including Hamilton Fish, Lost Battalion Hall, Brownsville, Red Hook, Hunts Point, and Faber Recreation Centers.

City-as-School students support CRCs as interns, providing computer room assistance while developing their professional and technical skills.

Global Partners Jr. provides an annual global awareness curriculum that engages youth in online communication with their peers around the world. Past themes have addressed sustainability and the global marketplace.

Good Shepherds Services Learn to Work program allows Department of Education high school students the opportunity to gain work experience while allowing CRCs to extend hours of member support throughout the year.

Henry Street Settlement facilitates youth placement in CRCs through the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP).

MillionTreesNYC is a PlaNYC initiative between NYC Parks and New York Restoration Project that aims to plant and care for one million new trees in the city throughout the next decade. MillionTreesNYC uses CRC resources for staff training purposes.

Monroe College provides countless Information Technology student interns to assist in CRC classes, computer maintenance, and member support.

New Museum Global Classroom is an innovative arts education program established by the New Museum of Contemporary Art. It is the mission of G:Class to empower youth to think critically about global issues and locate themselves within a global context through contemporary art, architecture and design.

New York Cares volunteers provide individualized instruction to CRC students citywide.

NYC Department for the Aging connects CRCs with skilled professionals who teach classes and monitor Open Access hours.

NYC Department of Youth and Community Development directs the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), which places New York City teens in CRCs as technology interns and provides them with a stipend for the summer.

Pace University undergraduate students support CRCs through participating in 20-hour internships throughout the course of the fall or spring semester. Pace students engage in instruction, outreach, and room oversight.

Paley Center for Media leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of television, radio, and emerging platforms for the professional community and media-interested public.

Parks Opportunity Program is a transitional employment program within NYC Parks. POP trainees receive employment services, classroom training, and career counseling.

Per Scholas is one of the first and largest professional nonprofit IT workforce development organizations in the U.S. They are instrumental in supporting CRCs in technology education and information technology job placements for our students.

South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation  enhances the quality of life in the South Bronx by strengthening businesses and creating innovative economic, housing, educational and career development programs for youth and adults.

Turn 2 Foundation integrates the Urban Tech Youth Leadership Academy into its youth development program in Recreation Center Afterschool Programs. CRC instructors teach Urban Tech at Turn 2 sponsored sites.

Past Collaborators:

  • Academy for Careers in Television
  • Baccalaureate School for Global Education
  • Columbia School of Engineering
  • Exit Art
  • Eyebeam Atelier
  • Manhattan Neighborhood Network
  • Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting
  • Museum of Art and Design
  • New Museum Global Classroom
  • NY Foundation for the Arts
  • Project Reach Youth Lutheran Services
  • Queens Museum
  • Scenarios
  • Tribeca Film
  • Urban Word

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