One of the things that gets us excited here at MobileWorks is the opportunity to put our technology to use to find solutions to big social problems. Over the past several months, we’ve been working with a handful of organizations in New York on a pilot initiative that is very central to our social mission — enabling upward mobility in the Knowledge economy for underemployed or unemployed people.
Today, in partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation and a handful of other local partners in New York, we’re excited to announce a series of pilot programs called LINK –Leveraging Innovations and our Neighborhoods in the Knowldge economy. The programs are designed to increase computer skills and strengthen employability of participants who’ve had limited or no access to formal computer training. The goal is to provide participants with training in computer basics–everything from word processing to photo editing–and at the same time give them the opportunity to do real-world projects using these skills to earn money while they learn. Students can take certifications to qualify to work on real-world tasks from real customers while putting their recently learned skills to the test. You can read the NYCEDC press release here.
This “Learn and Earn” platform was developed by MobileWorks by adapting our advaned crowdsourcing technology to help combat the challenges of digital literacy. We’re really excited and bullish about the potential of these typs of programs to make a difference in communities around the U.S. Interested in this type of program in your area? Contact us and let us know how we might partner together.