North Carolina Central University (NCCU), an Historically Black College and University (HBCU), will partner with the Eagle Village Community Development Corporation to promote the effective use of digital network technologies in underserved communities in Durham, North Carolina. The Community Education Access Program (CEAP) will link two local churches, two schools, and NCCU via a computer network. The CEAP project will target school-aged youth, their parents, and their grandparents. Each of these groups will be tutored in the use of application software, Internet browsing, and email. In addition, CEAP will train seniors to become volunteer or paid community computer center staff to work with young adults and teenagers to build coalitions around solving community problems. A Tutoring-at-a-Distance program will be established to allow NCCU students to tutor children and residents of the Eagle Village Public Housing complex, without having to leave the campus. The program will also use streaming video real-time training modules that can be archived for viewing anytime.
CEAP continues to explore the use of digital network technologies to improve the lives of residents of public housing. It has a strong intergenerational component. Not only does it involve senior citizens as end users, but it also trains them to function as tutors and project staff. In addition, in most Durham public schools, children have access to computers and are increasingly required to complete their homework assignments electronically. However, a majority of the Eagle Village children have no home access to computers. Therefore, placing computers in locations throughout the community, where young people can have access to them and to training provided by community mentors, is highly significant and important as a model for similarly distressed communities.
The partners are Eagle Village Community Development Corporation, eight Durham Public Schools, two Housing Authority communities, two churches, two Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club, GE Capital, and GE Elfun.