NET LITERACY RECOGNIZED BY COMPUTERWORLD AS A 2011 HONORS LAUREATE

The Computerworld Honors Program

April 21, 2011— IDG’s Computerworld Honors Program today announces Net Literacy as a 2011 Laureate out of more than 1,000 nominations. The annual award program honors visionary applications of information technology promoting positive social, economic and educational change. Net Literacy was nominated by Intel.

“The number and quality of nominations this year were very inspiring and demonstrate how valuable IT is to community change,” said John Amato, Publisher, Computerworld. “Computerworld is very proud to name the 2011 class of Laureates and showcase their initiatives benefiting society through innovative uses of IT.”

“Net Literacy was honored by our partner Intel for nominating the DigitalLiteracy.org “best practices” site for this year’s Computerworld Honors Program,” said Daniel Kent, Net Literacy’s Founder, Student President, and a college senior. “The DigitalLiteracy.org model is to provide the world a sustainable sharing of good practices by vetting them and aggregating them on one website when ‘real world’ digital inclusion conferences have proven difficult to maintain. The idea crystallized after flying back to the United States after meeting with the Hong Kong Internet Professional Association and discussing common world problems. We are grateful that the meeting was facilitated by Intel’s World Ahead leadership.”

At the 2010 International Internet Industry Association meeting in South Africa, the DigitalLiteracy.org “best practices” website was endorsed by Internet associations representing 225,000 Internet organizations on five continents.

“A beta version of the site was launched in August, 2010, and a production version of the site will be completed in June, 2011,” said Kent. “More than 300 best practices have been submitted and are pending posting. We are also working with the NTIA and discussing the National Broadband Plan’s best practice website – that will be located at www.digitalliteracy.gov – for America that will be launched later in the Fall”


Net Literacy’s Digital Inclusion and Digital Literacy best practices website was nominated by Intel – and was selected by Computerworld from over 1,000 nominations. The Computerworld Honors awards will be presented at the Annual Laureates Medal Ceremony & Gala Awards on June 20, 2011 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.

About Computerworld Honors Program

Founded by International Data Group (IDG) in 1988, The Computerworld Honors Program is governed by the not-for-profit Computerworld Information Technology Awards Foundation. Computerworld Honors is the longest running global program to honor individuals and organizations that use information technology to promote positive social, economic and educational change. Additional information about the program and a Global Archive of past Laureate case studies and oral histories of Leadership Award recipients can be found at the Computerworld Honors website (http://events.computerworld.com/Honors2011).

About Computerworld

Computerworld is the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers worldwide, providing peer perspective, IT leadership and business results. Computerworld’s award-winning Web site (http://www.computerworld.com), bi-weekly publication, focused conference series and custom research forms the hub of the world’s largest (40+ edition) global IT media network. In the past five years alone, Computerworld has won more than 100 awards, including Magazine of the Year by American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) awards in 2010, the 2009 Best Blog from the Neal awards, and 2006 Best Overall Web Publication from ASBPE. Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience of over 3.5 million unique, monthly visitors (comScore Media Metrix, August 2010). Computerworld is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading media, events, and research company. Company information is available at www.idgenterprise.com.

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City of Carmel Proclaims April 18 “Net Literacy, Carmel Clay Schools, and Bright House Networks Community Service Recognition Day”

Net Literacy is honored and grateful for the City of Carmel’s support and advocacy.

“In 2004 when I was still in middle school, I called Mayor Brainard to ask him if our new nonprofit could conduct its first computer drive in City Hall so we could have computers to refurbish and then donate to build computer labs in senior centers, independent living facilities, and other nonprofits” said Daniel Kent, Founder of Net Literacy. “I was kind of nervous to be calling our Mayor and explain what a bunch of middle school students were doing, especially because this was in the very early days of Net Literacy (then called Senior Connects) and we had a dream but had not yet established a significant track record. The Mayor listened to me…and told me ‘absolutely, the City is always happy to support students and important causes like yours’ – and we netted 100 computers during that first drive. That was our start – thanks to the City of Carmel, almost eight years ago.”

Net Literacy, Carmel Clay Schools, and Bright House Networks Community Service Recognition Day
Net Literacy, Carmel Clay Schools, and Bright House Networks Community Service Recognition Day


Carmel High School Students to receive Recognition for support of the Bright House Networks and Net Literacy Partnership

Mayor Jim Brainard to Issue Proclamation on behalf of the City of Carmel

Carmel, IN (April 18, 2011) – Carmel High School Net Literacy Student Volunteers will be honored at a special presentation by Mayor Jim Brainard; in recognition of the contribution that they are making in Carmel and throughout the state of Indiana. The presentation will occur on Monday, April 18 beginning at 3:30 p.m. at Carmel High School in the Business Department, Room F109.

Students Receive Proclamation from the Mayor

Mayor Jim Brainard will present the Carmel High School Net Literacy Student Volunteers with a Proclamation from the City of Carmel for their efforts refurbishing computers that were donated to students in the Carmel Clay School District who were without computers at home. In addition, they will be recognized for leading the effort to increase Internet Safety Awareness in Carmel and Central Indiana by creating an Internet Safety Public Service Address (PSA) awareness campaign. Currently, the PSA campaign airs on Bright House Networks. Mayor Brainard will also present a proclamation on behalf of Governor Daniels proclaiming “Indiana Net Literacy and Digital Inclusion Day,” recognizing the Carmel High School students’ contributions in a three year initiative. The initiative provides thousands of computers to hundreds of libraries, community centers, and nonprofits in more than 80 Indiana counties.

“Our Carmel Clay Schools’ students have been leaders in service learning that has benefited and enriched the Carmel Community,” said Mayor Jim Brainard. “Since 2003 when Net Literacy was founded by Carmel Middle School students, Carmel Clay Schools have impacted our community as middle school students and high school students have provided hundreds of computers for Carmel Clay Schools students and taught computer and Internet skills at Prime Life Enrichment and independent living facilities within our community. They have also donated computers to the nonprofits in Carmel that support and enrich our community.“

Carmel High School's Net Literacy Team with the Mayor and Superintedent
Carmel High School's Net Literacy Team with the Mayor and Superintedent

Net Literacy’s student volunteers have been widely recognized by our nation’s leadership, including two American Presidents. In 2010, digital inclusion programs that Net Literacy’s student volunteers created were cited as good practices in the National Broadband Plan developed by the FCC and presented to Congress. Also in 2010 and at the request of the Lt. Governor’s office, Net Literacy’s Carmel High School chapter undertook an initiative to donate thousands of computers to hundreds of nonprofits so that they could build or expand computer labs in 80 Indiana counties in a three year program. At the halfway point, Governor Daniels proclaimed March 1, 2011 “Indiana Net Literacy and Digital Inclusion Day” recognizing these student volunteer’s efforts to help increase digital inclusion throughout the State.

“It is wonderful to see our students give back to their community by doing something they love: computer refurbishment”, said Dr. Jeff Swesson, Superintendent Carmel Clay Schools. “Their hard work and dedication deserves to be recognized for the positive, far-reaching impacts they are making throughout Indiana.”

Bright House Networks and Net Literacy joined forces in 2004 with a mission to increase computer access across Central Indiana and educate youth on the importance of Internet Safety. One of the most significant accomplishments of the partnership is the creation of a Bright House Networks – Net Literacy Internet safety public service awareness campaign. The campaign was scripted by and stars Net Literacy Student volunteers talking about tough Internet safety issues such as cyber bullying, sexting, social networks and many other tough issues youth face online. The Internet Safety PSA campaign has been reviewed by the Indiana Department of Education, and can be seen in its entirety by visiting www.safeconnects.org.
“Bright House Networks is committed to giving back in every community we serve,” said Karen Broach, Regional Vice President of Operations for Bright House Networks. “Our partnership with Net Literacy allows us to provide free, critically needed computers to thousands of individuals in our community and also, through our Internet Safety PSA campaign, reinforce our commitment to educating our youth about the importance of being safe online.”

“In 2004, Bright House Networks took a chance on some Carmel Middle School students that dreamed of helping others by increasing digital inclusion and became the first company to support Net Literacy,” said Steven Chen, Co-President of Net Literacy’s chapter at Carmel High School and a member of Net Literacy’s Board of Directors. “Since then, Bright House Networks has enabled Net Literacy to donate more than 5,000 computers to schools and nonprofits, helping to increase computer access to tens of thousands of Hoosiers. Earlier this month, we produced another six Internet Safety PSAs through our Safe Connects program. These PSAs are ‘real’ and are scripted by and star students, resonating with members of the Digital Generation.” The PSAs will air on Bright House Networks beginning in June, and will help increase Internet safety awareness, especially to students.”

For more information about Bright House Networks, visit www.brighthouse.com. For more information about Net Literacy, visit www.netliteracy.org.

Lilly Endowment Funds Net Literacy for a Fifth Year, Lumina Foundation Funds Net Literacy for a Third Year

Thank you…

At Net Literacy, students write the grants as we learn about real world and real life experiences – and how business works. We have learned that by under promising and over delivering – a relationship develops between a grantors and a nonprofit (and us student volunteers) to be guardians and responsible with the money entrusted to us.

Sometimes, words are not enough, but thank you…

Through these grants, we will provide hundreds of families computers for children on free or reduced lunch programs the technology they need to help them do their homework – and we are working very hard to build a website with hundreds of videos story-boarded, scripted, staring, produced, and edited by students. The toughest part about the videos is the subject…it’s financial literacy. Before we can produce a video about things like term vs. whole life insurance, the Rule of 72, and investing in mutual funds vs. stock, we have to understand it. Really understand it. Because we have to understand it before we can produce an engaging and education video that explains it. As of April 14th, we have 75 financial literacy videos on our Financial Connects website, and thanks to this grant, we’ll be adding many more.

Respectfully (and thank you),

The Net Literacy student volunteers

Visit sections on Computer Connects, Community Connects, and Financial Connects on this website – and see what we’ll be up to!

Broadband for America Features Net Literacy’s State-wide Digital Inclusion Initiative

Broadband for America is a national consortium of over 300 members ranging from independent consumer advocacy groups, to content and application providers, to the companies which build and maintain the Internet. Together, these organizations represent the hundreds of millions of Americans who are literally connected through Broadband. Broadband for America’s mission is to make broadband access to the Internet available to every household in the nation; to provide data transfer speeds to make that broadband experience valuable to users; and to provide the bandwidth necessary for content providers to continue to make the Internet a cultural, societal, and economic engine for growth. Net Literacy board members serve on Broadband for America’s Digital Inclusion Committee.

Click on the image below to read more about how Net Literacy’s state-wide digital inclusion initiative is increasing broadband access to 10,000s of individuals.

Broadband for America Features Net Literacy's State-wide Digital Inclusion Initiative
Broadband for America Features Net Literacy's State-wide Digital Inclusion Initiative