At Noviaris, we are proud to work with community organizations at home and abroad. Each of our creative and innovative partners works hard to promote positive change and to close the digital gap that exists in the community they serve. Their approaches vary greatly, ranging from a safe space for experienced clients to interact with technology to a program that teaches homebound seniors the fundamentals of the Internet. Below, read about the fantastic work our partners pursue every day.
“At Avenidas, we seek to create a community that supports and celebrates older adults. We provide a wide range of support options, information, and services that enable people to stay active, maintain their independence, help their aging parents, or care for a spouse.”
Avenidas is using tablets in their Generations Lab, also known as the GenLab, which seeks to reduce the digital divide between older and younger generations. The GenLab provides a safe environment for elders to experiment with the tablets, ask questions, and receive information and training about how tablets and other digital technologies might be integrated into their lives. With the guidance of skilled volunteers, older adults learn how to strengthen their connections to friends and family, their understanding of health and wellness, and their access to current events.
Booknook is on a mission to reinvent the where, how, and who of small group learning for elementary school students. They offer easy-to-use tools for educators and caring adults that empower them to provide powerful in-person reading instruction that gets great results. BookNook offers a web application that syncs up to five devices of any kind so that groups can work together in a coordinated set of rigorous reading exercises. Once online, groups access a libraryof algorithmically-recommended custom texts woven together with a structured curriculum and engaging educational games.
BookNook has placed iPads provided by Noviaris at schools in Northern California. With the iPads, students access the BookNook program in the classroom and during out-of-classroom time.
Budget Buddies helps low-income women become more economically self-sufficient and transform their lives by teaching them core money-management skills and pairing them with personal financial coaches.
Budget Buddies is launching a new program, Girl’s LIFE (Learning Independence through Financial Education), which is designed to teach financial literacy and empowerment to a teen audience. Noviaris is providing iPads for this program.
“Our mission is to unite organizations and volunteers to transform lives through digital literacy, and we are working hard to close the digital divide through education and outreach. Because of Community Technology Network programs, people who have never used a computer before have learned to access social services online, video chat with family a continent away, read the news, and more.”
The Community Technology Network (CTN) and their partner, Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly (LBFE) recently completed a program seeking to integrate seniors into the digital landscape through tablets. The programs’ goal was to teach them the skills necessary to confidently and independently use the Internet, either to connect socially with friends and family online, or to access online services and resources. CTN is now expanding the program to include to a larger group of older adults, many of whom are homebound.
“Compass Family Services is passionate about helping families who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless into housing stability, emotional and physical health, and economic self-sufficiency.”
Compass Family Services operates a centralized intake, assessment, and counseling center for families with an immediate housing crisis. Noviaris has provided tablets that are used throughout the intake process, during which homeless and at-risk families meet with crisis advisors who provide information and services.
Each year in the Bay Area, nearly 600 foster kids turn 18 and are ill prepared to live independently and succeed. Many of these young people have experienced severe trauma and neglect as children and, as a result, are highly vulnerable to becoming homeless, unemployed, undereducated, and living in poverty. First Place supports older foster kids, ages 18 to 24, at a critical time in their lives when they need to learn to support themselves. They help our young people find safe places to live, get their first jobs, learn to pay their own bills, and learn to become responsible adults.
Noviaris has donated iPads and iPhones to First Place. These devices are given to young people in the program who are actively attending school or working, and who need the devices for education and employment purposes.
The mission of Girls Who Code is to close the gender gap in technology by building the largest pipeline of female engineers in the United States.
Noviaris has donated MacBook Air computers to the Girls Who Code program at the Don Fisher Clubhouse of the Boys and Girls Club of San Francisco. Thanks to this donation, the Boys and Girls Club has expanded the size of the Girls Who Code program, allowing more middle and high school-aged girls to participate.
Homeless Prenatal Program (HPP) is a San Francisco-based Family Resource Center that provides supportive and nonjudgmental case management to poor and homeless families, as well as mothers motivated by pregnancy and parenthood. Their goals are to ensure that parents give birth to healthy babies; that parents are knowledgeable, motivated and empowered to support their children’s development; and that families have access to information and tools that help them towards stable housing and economic self-sufficiency.
HPP is providing iPads donated by Noviaris to members of their Community Health Workers staff. The women in this program are most often former clients of HPP and do not have a computer at home. They are also very often taking classes and these will help them with their homework and education. The HPP triage team is also using iPads for data entry during meetings with new clients both at the office and during home visits.
The KFS School (HPP) is a San Francisco-based K-8 school that serves children with learning and behavioral differences. They focus on providing students with opportunities for learning, exploration, creativity and self-expression through specialized services and targeted visual, auditory, reading/writing, and kinesthetic tools.
Noviaris donating iPad Air 2’s to the KFS School. These tablets are used by children during their cultural diversity class, during which they explore different ways to see the world through technology and pictures.
“Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly is a national network of non-profit volunteer-based organizations committed to relieving isolation and loneliness among the elderly. We offer to people of goodwill the opportunity to join the elderly in friendship and the celebration of life.”
As mentioned above, Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly (LBFE) has a partnership with the Community Technology Network to provide Internet training and technology to isolated seniors in order to help connect them with friends, family, news, and essential services.
“The purpose of Peninsula Volunteers, the organization that runs Little House Activity Center, is to help create, through high quality and nurturing programs for the aging, a community in which seniors are engaged, cared for and respected as vital members. As life expectancy lengthens, we embrace both opportunities and challenges to help the aging maintain their dignity, independence and sense of usefulness.”
The Little House Activity Center has a newly renovated Tech Lab, where older adults can acquire the tech knowledge and tools they need from one-on-one tutoring programs or group classes. Tablets are available at the Tech Lab for older adults to access resources that are available exclusively online, stay connected with friends and family, and use new technologies to sustain independence.
“Noe Valley Chamber Music’s mission is to demystify the classical music experience by presenting first-rate performances of both traditional and innovative chamber music in an intimate setting, thereby enhancing the connection between audience and performers.”
For the past 25 years, Noe Valley Chamber Music (NVCM) has offered high quality, affordably priced chamber music performances featuring local artists to San Francisco audiences. They recently expanded programming to include a Classical Kids series for preschoolers and their families, and experimented with introductory classical music programs at local public elementary schools. Noviaris is providing Apple MacBooks to NVCM to assist with community outreach efforts.
“Peninsula Family Service strengthens the community by providing children, families, and older adults the support and tools to realize their full potential and lead healthy, stable lives. By supporting our region’s vulnerable and overlooked populations, we strengthen the entire community.”
Peninsula Family Service runs the Fair Oaks Adult Activity Center, which helps older adults maintain their health, independence, and quality of life. At the Computer Club based at this center, tablets are used to teach seniors who are interested in technology how technology can enrich their lives by helping them stay connected both to other people and to essential services.
“At Reading Partners, fundamentally believe that the ability to read transforms lives and changes outcomes for children and communities. We want every child to experience the joy and power of becoming a lifelong reader. Thus, our mission is to help children become lifelong readers by empowering communities to provide individualized instruction with measurable results.”
Each semester, Reading Partners tutors assess their students in order to determine the success of their programs and to provide school administrators data regarding the progress of their students’ reading ability. Many of Reading Partners’ schools have more than 60 students who need to be assessed in a short period of time. They recently transitioned to an online computer adaptive assessment program but often had only a single computer to administer their assessments. With iPads provided by Noviaris, Reading Partners tutors were able to assess more students in the same timeframe, alleviating stress and increasing the number of students Reading Partners could serve. After a successful pilot program this spring, they plan to expand the use of iPads for assessments during the 2017-2018 school year.
“San Francisco Senior Center (SFSC), which is run by NCPHS, was founded in 1947 and is the oldest nonprofit senior center in the nation. Our mission is to provide elder San Franciscans culturally and linguistically appropriate opportunities for lifelong learning, healthy living, and social and community activities that foster independence and self-reliance.”
SFSC will deploy iPads at their Downtown and Aquatic Park locations, where they will conduct classes teaching seniors how access the radio and podcasts, use FaceTime or Skype, take and share photos, use email, and conduct web research on reputable sites. This tablet program is an extension of their SF Connected lab.
Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) was founded in 1918 and boasts enrollment of about 28,000 students. The mission of the college is to make education accessible to everyone and to remove barriers to student success.
In October of 2017 the Tubbs fire, the most destructive wildfire in California history, devastated the city of Santa Rosa, destroying about 5% of the housing stock and causing about $1.2 billion in damage. Noviaris donated 5 Apple laptops to SRJC to help students move forward with their studies after the devastation of the fire and the resulting losses.
Solutions SF provides employment training and job placement for individuals who have experienced homelessness. Once housing has been secured, they train, evaluate, and provide ongoing support to these individuals, helping them transition back into the workforce in order to ensure their long term success.
“Solutions SF’s Employment Pathway is a workforce development and job placement program that places marginalized San Francisco jobseekers, with an emphasis on the long-term unemployed and formerly homeless, on property management and hospitality career pathways.” After completing Solutions Sf’s program and securing employment, the participants are given phones so that they can reliably communicate with supervisors and excel in their new job.
“The mission of the St. Francis Living Room is to improve the quality of life for low income and homeless seniors in the Tenderloin on a daily basis. A small part-time staff, committed Board, and dedicated volunteers work to provide a safe haven for social interaction, healthy breakfast, and connection to community services such as housing, health & wellness, and clothing.”
St. Francis Living Room is launching a program to teach low income seniors how to access services through tablets. Once seniors complete the training program and successfully “graduate”, they assume ownership of the device they used during the program. Equipped with knowledge and a device, the seniors can independently take full advantage of online resources.
iPhones provided by Noviaris are used both by program participants/graduates, allowing them to connect with job readiness resources and potential employers during the employment search process.
“ViviendasLeón’s mission is to eliminate rural poverty by fostering leadership and self-determination starting with our communities. We accomplish this mission through an inclusive and participatory process with rural Nicaraguan communities resulting in integrated programs benefiting adults and youth and supported by international students motivated to be agents of global change.”
A key concern among rural families in Nicaragua, where ViviendasLeón works, is the migration of their youth to large cities or abroad, due to the lack of local employment and job training for young people. To address this, ViviendasLeón is developing a computer literacy and training program for youth. The Computer Lab will be located in ViviendasLeón’s Goyena Community Center, which was completed in 2013 and hosts a number of ViviendasLeón’s development programs. iPads will support not just the Computer Literacy Program, but supplement other programs such as the opening of a new Community Library, where they will be used to store countless books without taking up physical space.