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University City Science Center

award number: 42-40-95086
start-end date: October 15, 1995 - September 30, 1997
total project cost: $852,597
federal share: $400,000
contact: Ms. Laura Weinbaum
address: 3624 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-2614
phone: (215) 387-2255

Philadelphia's LibertyNet, a project of the University City Science Center, a non-profit consortium of 28 academic and scientific organizations in the Washington, DC-New York corridor, will apply telecommunications technology solutions to community development in the region's Empowerment Zone. Five computing centers will be located in the deRodrequez Branch Library, Lincoln University Urban Center, Opportunity International Corporation, Family Resources Center, and a mobile library-computing center called Truck With a Tale. Each center will have at least ten computers with the capability to search the network. They are designed to promote reinforcement of learning among low income residents by developing telecommunications technology skills, providing opportunities to participate in community life, and connecting them with job information. The project will develop a regional network menu to support Empowerment Zone objectives, to help local non-profit organizations provide on-line services, and to encourage dialogue across Empowerment Zone neighborhoods in the process of change to a self-sufficient, informed community. Partners in this grant project include the Mayor's Office of Community Services, the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia School District, WHYY Public Broadcasting, the University of Pennsylvania, Non-profit Technology Resources, the Institute for Civic Values, Workforce 2000, and CHESCOnet. The partners will each use the variety of resources available through their institutions to provide information on promoting small business development and individual self sufficiency to low income residents.

additional project resources: 
Project Website
Project Narrative--PDF Version
Stockholm Challenge - Finalist 1999

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