At the Neighborhood Center at North High School, Mi Casa offers the Digital Connectors technology learning and career exploration program, open to North students and other 15- to 19-year olds in the community.
Digital Connectors is a free afterschool program that prepares youth to be successful in the digital world of the 21st century. The program includes advanced digital literacy and technology learning; leadership development opportunities; and community service.
Youth in Digital Connectors will:
- Learn valuable life skills to be a strong leader and professional
- Become Cisco Authorized as you prepare to take the Comp TIA A+ Certificate
- Receive an EverFi Financial Certificate
- Build a multi-media portfolio
- Give back to the community by sharing your technology skills
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who are Digital Connectors?
A: Digital Connectors is a national group of young leaders who are making a positive difference in the lives of others and opening doors to opportunity. This program allows students to learn about different types of technology and spread their knowledge to the wider community.
Q: So what is the Digital Connectors Program?
A: The Digital Connectors program at Mi Casa Neighborhood Center is a movement that engages teens and young adults, ages 15-19, in leadership development, digital education, life skills management and community service.
Q: How do I know if I should apply?
A: Desired qualities of Digital Connectors:
- Demonstrate interest in technology and digital access issues
- Responsible and mature
- Able to work as a part of a team and also independently
- Strong verbal communication skills
- Currently enrolled in or graduated from high school\GED program
- Interested in working with the community
If the above list describes you and you’re interested in learning more about the program then please apply by filling out the attached application!
Q: Do I have to be a pro at technology to apply?
A: No. However, a successful Digital Connector has the want to improve their technology skills and help their community.
Q: How old do you have to be to apply?
A: Youth ages 15-19 who are either enrolled in school or a GED program are encouraged to apply.
Q: When does the program start?
A: The program starts with a kick off orientation in early September of each year.
Q: How often do we meet?
A: The program meets two times a week (Tuesday & Thursdays) from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and one Saturday a month from 9 a.m. to noon at North High School. The program runs through the school year (September-May).
Q: Does it cost money to be in the program?
A: No. In fact, you will learn computer skills, such as becoming CISCO authorized, that will help you get a better paying job in the future. AND upon successful completion of the program students earn a netbook laptop and a flip camera.
Q: What happens after I apply?
A: The priority deadline for the 2013-14 school year was May 31, and the secondary deadline was June 28. Deadlines for the 2014-15 school year are TBD. Based on the applications we receive, a group of candidates will be chosen and invited to an interview. The interview will be your opportunity to shine and to tell us anything we might not have learned from your application. A panel of people will interview you, and you will want to arrive prepared, energized, and on time. From the interviews, we will select our finalists and announce the new team of Digital Connectors.
Q: What if I have more questions?
A: Contact Rachele Vierthaler at 720-423-2711 or rvierthaler@MiCasaResourceCenter.org.