The Neighborhood Networks Program is designed to provide opportunities of learning for residents through computer technology, education and job skills training. This will enhance employment opportunities, health, and social services for the community. This program will provide an avenue of learning for children, adults, and seniors.
What is Neighborhood Networks?
Neighborhood Networks is a community-based program created by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in 1995. The purpose was to establish multi-service community technology centers that bring digital opportunity and lifelong learning to low-and moderate-income residents living in HUD housing.
How is a Neighborhood Networks Center (NNC) different from other computer-learning centers?
The difference between a Neighborhood Networks Center and other computer-learning centers is the benefits. They provide opportunities for low- and moderate-income individuals and families to learn computer technology and to succeed in the workforce, but also provide the ability to network with others.
What are the benefits of a Neighborhood Networks Center?
Neighborhood Networks Centers benefit everyone in the community, including:
- Property Owners
Property owners can benefit from the return on investment that having an NNC in their property can provide. Many property owners and managers nationwide report that NNCs give them an edge in marketing their properties, thus reducing vacancy rates and stabilizing the community. Report also show that NNCs decrease incidents of property damage and graffiti by providing alternative structured activities for youth and young adults, and improve the enthusiasm and community spirit of the residents.
Centers help reduce property crime and vandalism by providing activities for youths. This helps to reduce operating costs, and provides savings for both property owners and HUD. In addition, the environment becomes safer for the residents and the community. Adults and seniors can also benefit by educating themselves with computer technology.
Many Centers allow residents of surrounding communities to use their facilities, and as a result community residents have access to services for adults, children, youth, seniors and the disabled. Community partners such as local hospitals, colleges, nonprofits and service providers gain greater access to their target populations.
By partnering with Neighborhood Networks on a local or national level, partners can gain greater access to their target population and impact the economic health of their community while training a labor force with the skills that help meet their needs. With the benefit of partners, they can provide:
- In-kind services
- Goods and equipment
- Technology services
- Financial support
Neighborhood Networks Programs include the following:
Job skills training/employment: Job preparation generally includes both job skill training and job search activities.
Introduction to Computers: provide training which includes basic computer literacy, keyboarding skills, word processing, graphics applications, spreadsheets, databases.
Internet access and access to local services: offers Internet and research access, word processing, graphic design, computer tutorials and technical support.
101 Carl Brinkley Circle
Daytona Beach, FL
Hours of operation
Palmetto Park Neighborhood Network Center
450 Whitney Street
Daytona Beach, FL
Hours of operation:
1200 Ninth Street
Daytona Beach, FL
Hours of operation
8:00 AM-5:00 PM Monday-Friday
Annually, the NN hosts its’ Honor Roll and STEM appreciation dinner for all youth that were on the Volusia County’s Honor Roll. This dinner is a congratulatory dinner to commend students for their educational achievement. The dinner event is part of the centers’ 3 prong approach to provide Community and Support Services that engage and empower Self, Family and Community.
Through human and technology resources, the centers programs have established:
- Community Service Assessment - Approximately 50 residents monthly are allowed to fulfill their community service requirements. They are instructed and directed to attend digital literacy classes that moves them towards self-sufficiency.
- Digital Literacy Training - Center Coordinators facilitate training and prepare residents to overcome specific educational challenges they face when working with computers, including Basic Math, Microsoft Office Suite, understanding ways to protect your child online and basic Internet Safety Skills.
- Microenterprise/Small Business Development - Coordinators work with both residents and Central Florida Community Development Corporation (CFCDC) to create a micro-enterprise business curriculum designed to prepare them for business opportunities. The trainings are accomplished at the center by a CFCDC representative.
- Mini Career Links (MCLs) - Job-preparation programs are designed to provide residents with basic job skills, computer literacy, basic résumé writing, interviewing and communication skills classes. Job-placement services are worked jointly with the Center for Business Excellence. In addition, residents are allowed to complete their Welfare Transition Package training at the centers.
- Adult Education - Centers provide opportunities for adults who are interested in furthering their education or enhancing their basic skills. Adult education assistance involves working with Daytona State College to register customers for General Educational Development (GED) classes; English as a Second Language (ESL) courses and the adult basic education classes.
- Computer training and public access - Delivering technology access is a key component of Neighborhood Networks. To help people who are experiencing computer access for the first time achieve a degree of comfort, our centers offer instruction aimed at equipping participants with basic computer skills. Computer training may be one-on-one training, regularly scheduled classes, or a combination of the two methods. Computer classes range from basic computer literacy to more advanced skill development. Centers also offer public access and/or open lab time to provide members of the community with the opportunity to use technology to explore their own interests, develop new skills, and become familiar with computers.
- Afterschool programs - Centers offer afterschool programs structured according to the age groups of young residents. Afterschool activities may include: A. Homework assistance, tutoring, mentoring, and other activities that offer academic enrichment. B. Internet access to improve computer skills, conduct research to complete homework assignments, and communicate with peers via e-mail. Multimedia publishing, such as designing personal Web pages, constructing family or neighborhood profiles, and creating project reports for school.
- Senior services - Classes and activities of interest to seniors might include computer literacy, Internet access, financial planning, small business development, outreach to family and friends, research, and obtaining health information.