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1 Integrating Computers and Technology into Youth Ministry
Andrew Sears Coordinator, PREP Community Computer Center, Bruce Wall Ministries Director, Association of Christian Community Computer Centers “Giving People Skills to Make a Living and a Spiritual Foundation to Make a Life” Kingdomworks, 2001

2 Outline Why should we integrate technology into youth ministry?
Examples of technology and youth ministry In After School Programs and with Teens From PREP and other centers How to get started Getting equipment and grants

3 Why Use Technology in Youth Ministry?
Computers and Technology are an excuse to develop a relationship It’s not about the computers, it’s about the people There is a great social need The “digital divide” is the gap that separates those with access and training on computers and the Internet from those without. Our goal: “Providing skills to make a living and the spiritual foundation to make a life.”

4 Digital Divide Across Income & Race

5 The New Economy Manufacturing Computer Industry*** Jobs Down 55-65%*
* In a range of Northern cities between , When Work Disappears ** Statistics are for inner-city black men in Chicago *** Other sources include Bureau of Labor Statistics and Department of Commerce Once provided 52% of jobs to some groups, but now only 28%** 65% of all jobs use computers 90% of all jobs use computer- related technologies Jobs Grown to 7.4 million & Increasing 6.5% per year

6 The New Economy Manufacturing Computer Industry***
Average wage in IT-producing industries was $58,000 346,000 IT jobs remain vacant nationwide and 1.7 million need to be filled by 2003 Manufacturing Computer Industry*** Jobs Down 55-65%* Once provided 52% of jobs to some groups, but now only 28%** * In a range of Northern cities between , When Work Disappears ** Statistics are for inner-city black men in Chicago *** Other sources include Bureau of Labor Statistics and Department of Commerce

7 The Church and the Digital Divide
The term “Sunday School” originated from a major literacy drive by the church in the 1800’s; Christians can also lead the computer literacy drive Books Basic Literacy Computers Computer Literacy This is one of the best funded areas for serving the community Schools and the government can only do so much

8 Christians and Technology
Christian Community Computer Centers Defined as any ministry using computers as an outreach to serve the community There are over 1,000 community computer centers in the USA and it is likely that over 100 of these are Christian centers Range from ministries with less than 5 computers to ministries with over 50 computers Association of Christian Community Computer Centers helps support these ministries

9 Different Levels of Tech Programs
Provide “Tech Time” in an after school or teen program Need 5-10 computers and Internet access (modem) Level 2 Provide limited classes or teen business or job placement Teens volunteer and/or work as tech staff Need computers and Internet access (DSL or Cable) Level 3 Provide full Community computer center which may include walk-in access and advanced classes to local community and adults Need full-time tech program staff

10 PREP Community Computer Center
Joint Program of Bruce Wall Ministries Dorchester Temple Baptist Church Cambridge Vineyard Christian Fellowship PREP Activities 15+ Computer Classes to 220 students each semester Walk-In Computer Center with 30 visits per day Youth Run Web Design Business After School Technology Curriculum Computer Club Mentoring: provides relational time with students Saturday Lunch: provides relational time with students

11 Sponsorship and Growth
In first year, received over $300,000 in donations from: Microsoft Adobe Filene Foundation PowerUP Gateway Computer Individuals Now have a staff of eleven and about 50 volunteers Have two computer rooms with a total of 50 computers

12 Integrating Tech with Other Programs
PREP Computer Program Other Youth Programs Project 21 After School Program After School Tech Curriculum Camp Ozioma Tech Time at Camp Pre-Teen Teens New Horizons Teen Job Placement Program Computer Classes Adults Dorchester Temple Youth Group Youth Volunteers/ Youth Staff/ PREP Enterprises Walk-In Computer Center Other Youth (not in existing programs) Computer Club

13 Spiritual and Skill Development Plan
Program Areas Goals Youth Staff & Certifications (20) Provide Experience and Credentials Needed for Jobs Provide discipleship After School (30) Get Mentored (50) Volunteer/Assist with Classes Practice Material and Advance Learning Develop deeper relationship Student Advancement Eight Week Classes (250 students) Build Skills Needed for Employment Develop Initial Relationship Two-Week Classes (250 students) Walk-in Center (2,500 visits) Decrease Barriers to Using Computers Establish contact

14 After School Technology Time
Integrate computers with other activities in after school program Black History Month, Scan in Art, Themes Project based learning works best Teaching software does not work without a goal We split K-2nd grade and 3-7th grade We use Jumpstart software with kids Help share curriculum on AC4 list at: We will soon have detailed after-school curriculum information at our web site at

15 After School Tech Curriculum Ideas
Greeting cards: we use Microsoft Publisher Research on the Internet: Searched for poets and their poetry History of Hip Hop on the Internet. Present findings using PowerPoint Poetry: taught formatting in Microsoft Word by having students write their own poems and then type them into Word. Students often need to compose poems before coming to computer Encyclopedia Africana: do a Scavenger Hunt through the time line portion Calendars: students scan in photos Newsletter: written, edited, and laid-out by the students accounts (filtered PowerUP accounts) and their own web pages Lego Mindstorm: Robotics with programmable legos ($300 per set) Suggestions and curriculum ideas provided by Mary Pavan and Chris Tsang from PREP

16 Computer Club Field trips once a month for middle school youth to technology sites (businesses and computer museum) Provides increased relational time for visitors to our walk-in center Still in experimental stage

17 Teen Program: PREP Enterprises, Youth Staff and Volunteers
Youth Volunteers Duties Assist with classes Youth Staff Duties Supervise walk-in center and fix computers Work in PREP Enterprises Learn on the job and through self study Discipleship: all youth staff have regular time of discipleship and leadership training

18 PREP Enterprises PREP Enterprises is youth-run, web design business
Employ six high school youth Develop web sites for businesses and non-profits For hire for your Web site at: Other Good tech businesses for youth: T-Shirts: sell to college groups and non-profits Graphics Design Video Production: do weddings and other events Computer Refurbishing and tech support

19 Walk-In Center (teens)
Anyone can come in off the street and use our computers for free (30 visits per day from youth and adults) Attractive to teens that would not go to after school programs and provides a safe, educational environment Internet access and music mixing very popular (software: HipHop eJay) and we have them write their own CD’s Adults use center for the Internet and to work on resumes, other personal projects and to learn Provides good learning activity for youth staff Youth supervise computer room, answer any questions and will help get computers working There is always an adult in our building (church) although youth staff may be in computer room alone

20 Computer Classes (teens & adults)
Two hour classes meeting once per week and mostly on Saturdays Great opportunity for volunteers to get involved Limited relational time, but it gets people “in the door” to start relationships We’ve found youth want the advanced and media classes while adults want the basic classes more Mentoring at end of class provides opportunity to deepen relationship Students returning to assist with a class is key!

21 Ideas for Classes Make a major effort initially to let the community know This is needed to have many applicants at start of semester We handed out 3,000+ flyers & table-tents on street, in schools, stores & restaurants Got mailing list of our community from Boston’s Voter Registration Records and mailed to 10,000 residents Meals between classes can provide opportunities for relationship building Project based classes work well Teens and adults can work in same classes, but adults taking classes with younger children does not work See list of classes in Appendix

22 Ideas for Church Involvement
Establish Computer Ministry within churches Great opportunity for teens and adults to volunteer Great partnership opportunity for suburban and urban churches Many people in suburban churches will get involved in outreach ministries in urban communities because of their interest in computers and provides great opportunity for reconciliation and transformation Classes provide good opportunity for volunteers Have teaching assistants who train their first semester to teach the class while helping with the class

23 Issues to Consider Computer ministry should be relational ministry
“It’s not about the technology, it’s about the people.” Center needs to be in an organization that is indigenous to community being served and raise up indigenous leaders Web filtering software on all computers (see appendix for list of filtering software) Some software programs do not filter Web based (i.e. Hotmail) We do not allow chat or non-educational games Security is a major issue: BWM has an alarm system and motion detectors and are installing a “panic” button for lab monitors and video entry cameras Software licensing is an issue

24 Getting Started: Things You Need
God’s support People: staff support/volunteers Technical support is a must Can get work-study students from colleges for tech support Space: to house computers Look for space in churches and Multiservice centers Equipment: computers, network, Internet connection Software Advertising/marketing (unless only serving existing programs) Money: varies depending on your goals

25 Getting Equipment & Software
Make announcements in churches that you are looking for computer donations from individuals and companies relational method works best Suburban churches may have many people in companies with computers to donate Specify minimum requirements and types of computers Get 20 new Gateway computers by joining PowerUP (see grants section)

26 Getting Equipment & Software through Gifts-in-Kind & Compumentor
Register with Gifts in Kind International ( Cost $125 and must be Non profit 501(c)(3) and use software for service to community Cost $225 for 5 used computers 486 & above laptops/desktops Network hubs for $50 Get copies of most major software for $30 (Windows, Office 2000, Adobe products, etc) Provide great discounts (90% off) on office products, projectors, clothes, etc. Use Compumentor for software discounts ( Most major software for only $30 and no registration fee

27 Getting Grants PowerUP (
Get 20 new gateway computers with software Get $20-40k in funding over 3 years Looking to partner with faith-based groups with after-school & teen programs (awarding thousands of grants targeting youth) Deadlines: March 15, 2001 and August 15, 2001 Requires that you have 2 full-time staff that can help with lab (but do not have to spend all their time on the lab) Application at:

28 Getting Grants CTCNET AmeriCorps/VISTA Grant
Provides full time staff positions for a year for $2,000 To apply must first pay $100 to join CTCNet ( Have some restrictions on these staff “leading religious services” during paid time, but one of the most open gov’t programs toward faith-based groups, and you select the staff Should open application process around Feb, 2001 Contact Peter Miller of CTCNet at or or visit Get list of technology grants Directory of Computer and High Technology Grants ($53) from Research Grant Guides, Inc. (order on HUD Neighborhood Networks Initiative will fund centers in housing projects (which Christian groups could run)

29 Association of Christian Community Computer Centers
Mission: To support and promote the use of computers and technology in Christian outreach ministries To assist the 60+ identified existing Christian community computer centers and help others get started To partner with national organizations to support CCCC’s Pursuing partnerships with CCDA, Mission Year and CTCNet Web: or

30 Joining ACCCC Join for free now, but may have a fee in the future
Benefits Keep informed of events of interest to Community Computer Centers, Grants, Computer Donations Share program information Participate in future joint programs Sign up on sheet or send to

31 For More Information Visit Association of Christian Community Computer Centers Web site and join list Get information on grants, hardware donations, share ideas, etc Join for free now, but may have a fee to join in future Visit or Call Andrew Sears at Join Community Technology Centers Network (, get on list and go to national conference each June Best information resource available Visit CTCNet at Visit HUD’s Neighborhood Networks at

32 Appendix: Office Track Classes
Basics Intro to Computers Typing Intro to the Internet Mentoring Intro to Word Intro to Excel Intermediate Word MOUS Test PREP Excel MOUS Advanced Level (or start Track for Multimedia) Databases Establish Basic Computer Knowledge; highly employable in office jobs, administrative assistant and temp work Goals 1. An arrow indicates a prerequisite of either taking the class or good subject knowledge. 2. Students are encouraged to take other classes on this track in future semesters.

33 Multimedia Track Classes
Basics Digital Music Studio Web Design Graphics Design Intermediate Video Production Entrepreneurship Advanced Level Youth Run Business Mentoring FrontPage 2000 Certification Databases Employment or Start New Businesses as as Web Designer, Graphic Designer or in Video Production, Get FrontPage Certification Goals 1. An arrow indicates a prerequisite of either taking the class or good subject knowledge. 2. Students are encouraged to take other classes on this track in future semesters.

34 Web Site Filtering Software
CleanWeb ( CyberPatrol ( Cybersitter ( CyberSnoop ( Net Nanny ( Net Shepherd ( Safesurf ( Watchdog ( We Blocker (free at X-Stop (

35 Setting Up A Network & Internet Connection Sharing
Need the following Computers with one Ethernet card in each Ethernet cabling between computers and Ethernet hub (called RJ-45 cable) Computer to serve as “firewall” to connect to network (with either 2 Ethernet cards or one Ethernet card and one modem) Proxy or Firewall Software An easy setup version comes with Windows Millennium Edition as Internet connection sharing A good inexpensive package is Comsocks ( Ethernet Hub Get 24 port hub from Gifts in Kind for $50 Get 16 port hub from for about $200 Get from local computer stores

36 Internet Connection Sharing
Cable or DSL Modem Ethernet Cable Internet Either/Or Ethernet Cable Ethernet Cables Regular Modem

37 Internet Connection Sharing (Configuration)
Do not need to do this if using Microsoft Internet Connection Sharing Under TCP/IP Configuration Server: on card connecting to clients IP Address: Gateway: get from network provider DNS: get from network provider Subnet Mask: Other Card/Modem: get config from network provider Client Machines IP Address: Anything from 0 to 255 but must be unique Gateway: DNS: Configure Options in Browser to Use Proxy at Call proxy/firewall software provider for help

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