JEVS’ TechServ Scholars, operated in partnership with AmeriCorps, is a unique, year-long opportunity for young adults who want to help their community while developing advanced knowledge in IT (Information Technology) and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).
Through “Learn & Serve” experiences, 20 participants will gain hands-on, career skills and, in turn, provide digital literacy training to more than 400 youth living in the region’s most vulnerable and under-resourced neighborhoods. TechServ Scholars will serve as technology ambassadors, reaching local children, teens and community members through the Philadelphia Department of Parks & Recreation’s public computer centers and other community-based programs, as well Hopeworks ‘N Camden.
On October 6, 2017, JEVS TechServ Scholars joined other AmeriCorps programs in Philadelphia for an official launch event at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The event program had several speakers, including AmeriCorps alumni and Mayor Jim Kenney, who met some of our TechServ Scholars.
Our scholars also had the opportunity to meet members from other Philadelphia AmeriCorps programs and participate in team building activities.
Serving in Philly and Camden
Our TechServ Scholars are currently serving at the following Philadelphia Parks and Recreation (PPR) sites: Kingsessing, Tustin, Smith, Lawncrest, Emanuel, Waterview, Roosevelt, Happy Hollow, Ruso, Mallery and MLK Rec.
They are also serving at MLK High School in Philadelphia and at the following schools in Camden, NJ: HP Wilson Elementary, KIPP Charter School, Yorkship Family School, Camden High, Camden Big Picture Family School and Veterans Family School.
Making a Difference in Our Community
Our TechServ Scholars are busy at work! Here are the projects they’ve tackled so far:
- Adding a computer lab to MLK High’s School’s library
- Transforming a room in the basement of MLK High into a fully functioning robotics & computer lab
- Teaching computer coding to kids in the PPR computer labs
- Preparing 90 computers at Duckery Elementary School for students to use during the school year
- Participating in the Google Cloud Computing Seminar
Hear what our TechServ Scholars hope to achieve this year and why they signed on to the program: