World Computer Exchange - Albany
- Children & Youth
- Computers & Technology
- Education & Literacy
Location11 Tisdale LaneClifton Park, NY 12065 United States
To reduce the digital divide for youth in developing countries; to use our global network of partnerships to enhance communities in these countries; and to promote the reuse of electronic equipment and its ultimate disposal in an environmentally responsible manner.
Chapter volunteers in the USA, Puerto Rico, and Kenya gather, refurbish, load content, and pack donated computers. When ready, the computers are shipped to partner schools and community organizations in developing countries. So far, these computers have connected 3,600 classrooms for 5 million youth in 53 countries. Because many of our partners don't have reliable internet access, we load the hard drives of the computers with educational programs that the teachers and students can use any time. Our Inspire Girls volunteer team develops clubs in countries with WCE Field Associates to help girls build confidence in pursuing technology-based careers. These clubs work in three areas: refurbishing, codings/games/apps, and advocacy. We have established Refurbishing Clubs in schools and centers in the USA and Puerto Rico to help youth learn employable skills related to maintaining and maximizing the value of computers. As a result of the pandemic, our volunteer team is now working to provide training videos and online coaches to help with employable skills transfer.