technology. knowledge. jump start.
TechKnow Start began at Lotus House, a shelter in Overtown, Miami, where homeless, abused, and less-fortunate women and their children may go to seek peace and refuge. The women, of all ages and races, are permitted to stay up to a year. This lengthy stay enables them to learn the skills they will need when they leave the shelter. As it is projected that 80% of jobs in the next decade will require even the most basic of computer skills, TechKnow Start provides these women with the vocational skills necessary to put them ahead of the competition in the field of entry-level work. Working with them one-on-one, TechKnow Start first introduce them to the use and operation of a computer, then progress to searching the internet, sending email, composing in Word, and using Excel. Once those skills have been mastered, I invite the women to tell me what more they would like to learn, so we may tailor their skills to their desired job. Now, under the umbrella of the Key Biscayne Community Foundation, TechKnow Start is working to attract both local and national computer manufacturers to provide these women with their own computer or tablet upon their departure from the shelter. As a result of the success TechKnow Start found at Lotus House, we have expanded our reach to other community centers in South Florida, including the Miami Children's Initiative in Liberty City.