SOURCE: KidsCompute

August 24, 2005 19:55 ET

High School Senior Develops Local Charitable Initiative KidsCompute Aimed at Increasing Accessibility to Technology

Shiloh Tabernacle, United Holy Church of America Will Host the First KidsCompute Center

MILWAUKEE, WI -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 24, 2005 -- Rather then spending his summer like most high school students, senior Joey Crivello opted to spend part of his summer developing a new organization, KidsCompute. This local charitable initative group aims to provide disadvantaged youth across the United States access to computers and computer training all year long. Today, KidsCompute unveiled its first computer lab at Shiloh Tabernacle, United Holy Church of America.

KidsCompute believes that disadvantaged youth deserve accessible, fast, modern computers so they can develop computer skills after school. Using old machines is often counterproductive; they were discarded and donated for a reason, why would you train someone on depreciated equipment? At the Shiloh Tabernacle lab KidsCompute deploys 12 modern computers developed and built specifically for the lab. KidsCompute additionally installed a full network complete with broadband Internet access.

"KidsCompute was developed to provide young people the much-needed computer skills it takes to be successful in today's society," Crivello said. "Our KidsCompute Center in Milwaukee will give local youth free computer and Internet access throughout the year, and also establish a regular schedule of computer and Internet skill classes that will be open for all those interested."

In addition to developing computer skills, KidsCompute sees providing free computer access as an opportunity to give children a constructive alternative to occupy their time and keep them safe from harmful influences.

"We also look forward to facilitating donations of KidsCompute computers to minors in Milwaukee," Crivello said. "Our application process identifies individuals deserving donations. The computers are then delivered and preloaded with software and instructions for setup. KidsCompute also provides repair service for broken computers."

To learn more about KidsCompute and their mission visit http://kidscompute.org.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Blois Olson
    New School Communications
    651-221-1999
    651-276-1678 (cell)