(January 2024) Every year, the Family and Community Engagement Team (FACE) collects data from our families about the different types of programming they would like to see offered at KIPP MA. One of the highest requested was a computer literacy program. During this fall, KIPP partnered with Michelle Guzman, a KIPP MA parent and community organizer, who teaches the computer literacy classes to adults in the Lynn community.
Our goal with community programming is to uplift individuals and strengthen skills while also meeting the community’s unique needs to create a more equitable society. Our family and community programming is a central element of our approach to helping students and families gain the tools and skills necessary to live lives of independence and impact. It is also a way for caregivers and community members to support each other.
This led to the family and community engagement team planning an initial 6 week program with Michelle Guzman which began in October and ended in December. We then had to partner with our IT department to obtain laptops to be used for our program. Once all devices were obtained and keyboards were ordered to be used, we were able to begin programming.
We offered a beginners and intermediate level class in Spanish which covered all basics of computers like turning on a laptop, learning how to use the keyboard and mouse, how to access the internet, and how to use your email. Caregivers and community members expressed excitement about the classes launching and hoping to be able to learn about how to use computers.