COMPUTERS FOR YOUTH: Why It Makes Sense to Focus Digital Divide Efforts On The Home

March 1, 2001

Recently there has been a flurry of media attention on what should be done about the disparity in home computer ownership between our nation’s wealthy and poor households. By sharing experiences from Computers for Youth, this paper attempts to provide some insight into the successes and challenges of running a program that provides inner-city children with home computers. This paper then examines what our findings have taught us and how these findings might help shape public policy.