WeCAN is the Houston Public Library's award winning Digital Inclusion Initiative to provide broadband technology access and the skills to use it to aid in bridging Houston's Digital Divide. The Vision for WeCAN is to create a digital future for Houstonians through a digital literacy effort that will focus on drop-out prevention/GED recovery and job/workforce readiness in support of achieving Houston's educational, workforce and economic goals. WeCAN will focus on building the capacity of the Houston Public Library to expand and further its mission of delivering innovative solutions to reach citizens by making free high speed broadband Internet access more accessible in high need neighborhoods across Houston.
Residents will be able to take advantage of WeCAN via designated community access locations such as City libraries, multi-service center and community centers, as well as school and community based organizations. These community access locations will be staffed by employees who will provide training and who can help residents access the online resources they need.
The goal is to have up to 15 community access locations (CAL) in each neighborhood.
Core offerings for CALs include:
Targeted locations within neighborhoods will be identified based on the following criteria:
Criteria for consideration to become a Community Access Location include:
WeCAN is not currently accepting applications.
Stay tuned for further developments.
Questions regarding the CAL application may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or 832-393-1322.