AFN Right Click News                                                                            NOVEMBER 2015
Empowerment Through Technology

Greetings from the Executive Director

As Thanksgiving approaches, we want to take a moment to thank our friends. In this season of gratitude, our thoughts turn to those of you who have continued to support our organization by volunteering, donating or advocating the mission of the organization.

We also want to thank our clients for entrusting us to help them reach their fullest potential. Many of our clients lack the basic necessities in their daily lives, such as food and shelter, and face numerous employment barriers. They come to our computer labs with the hope of learning new technology skills or finding information on the Internet that will help make their lives better. We know that we have achieved our mission when individuals find employment online and families can utilize our access to apply for community programs such as Operation Blue Santa.

On behalf of Austin Free-Net, I thank you again for helping us empower more people through technology. Have a safe and joyous holiday.

Juanita Budd

Program News
Digital Bytes Speaker Series Kicks Off

At the beginning of the month, Austin Free-Net launched the first in a series of panel discussions about Digital Inclusion topics. Three community leaders shared their insights about technology usage across generations and the conflict that sometimes occurs. The panel explored how to engage first generation immigrant parents who are non-users, connecting Seniors and the relevant need of basic computer users

AFN Supports Operation Blue Santa

AFN is helping Santa this Christmas as a Community Center Administrator for the Austin Police Operation Blue Santa program. Now until December 4, families can come to our computer lab at the DeWitty Center on Fridays to receive help filling out and verifying an application, 9 am-1 pm. Operation Blue Santa provides families in need a full holiday meal and wrapped Christmas gifts for each child under the age 14. 
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Google Community Leaders Help AFN

Austin Free-Net is working with students from the University of Texas in the Google's Community Leadership Program. These ambitious students are being mentored with support from Google and working on two projects this school year, which will directly benefit Austin Free-Net's operations and direct services. The first project is a data dashboard, which will be a place that collects and presents information about Austin Free-Net programs and community impact. 
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Door-to-Door Outreach
How can we help under-connected communities? On October 10, AFN piloted a volunteer driven Digital Inclusion door-to-door Outreach Campaign in the Montopolis Neighborhood. We reached more than 250 households and had 85 individual conversations with residents about AFN's services. The goal of the campaign is to find out how we can help under-connected communities.

According to a study conducted by the City of Austin and the University of Texas, there are an estimated 55,000 households in Austin that do not have a broadband internet connection. Among those households, nearly half said that they would need help getting online and with basic computer skills.

Our next door-to-door campaign is scheduled for December 5, at 9:00 a.m. in the Dove Springs area. We'd love to have you join us for this important effort. If you think you can make it, please RSVP
AFN Visitors
In October, AFN had a special visit from Google Fiber team members (l-r): Andrew Bently,  Clarissa Ramon, Evan Caulley, Tia Bethea, Juanita Budd (AFN), Amanda Amanda Del Balso and  Parisa Fatehi-Weeks  They met at the DeWitty Center to discuss the best practices and success of the Google Fiber Digital Inclusion Fellowship Program.
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We Need You
Help connect the community!

Join us December 5, 2015  for our
second door-to-door Digital Inclusion Outreach Campaign in Dove Springs.     
AFN Training Summit
January 29, 2016
9AM- 12PM

Henry Flores Education and Training Center

 Join us as we aim to provide Austin organizations and volunteers with the skills and resources necessary to reach the underrepresented and close Austin's Digital Divide.

AFN Supporters
Thank you to our 2015-2016 Supporters & Partners

AFN Holiday Hours
Austin Free-Net will be closed the following days,   November   2015 thru January 2016:

Thursday - Friday, Nov. 26 - 27, 2015

Thursday - Friday, Dec. 24 - 25, 2015

Friday, Jan. 1, 2016
Have a safe and wonderful holiday!

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