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Bridging the Education Gap in Lane County

Bridging the Education Gap in Lane County

NextStep understands that the present economy is making it hard for parents to get the supplies their children need to be successful in school.
Just as access to school, safe neighborhoods, and jobs were critical to the success of previous generations, access to technology today is the key to full participation in the global economy.
We have lowered our prices in our ReUSE Store in the last month to address this need. We hear from parents that the lower prices are still not enough to make it possible to get their kids a computer, binders, organizers, cell phones, or PDAs. So, we are going to lower prices EVEN MORE, to help level the playing for kids.
See "Ten Reasons to Care About the Digital Divide" at the bottom of this post to learn more about the digital divide in Oregon.
We have been working overtime to get refurbished computers, PDAs, cell phones, printers, and other hardware on the store shelves to address this need. Here are the details:
ReUSE Store Back to School Sale August 19th - August 31st
TUES - SAT 10 AM to 6 PM SUN 12 PM - 5 PM
New low prices on all Computers - additional 25% off everything (excluding gift certificates and laptops) in the store!
Free monitor with each computer purchased!
School binders, PDAs, cellphones, clocks, radios, laptop bags galore! Typewriters too! Educational software, games!
NextStep ReUSE Store: 2101 West 10th Avenue (10th and Garfield) Eugene
HOURS: Tues - Sat 10 AM to 6 PM Sun 12 PM - 5 PM CLOSED MONDAY
Parents, please let us know how else we can be of support to you and your kids. I hope we'll see you there! Lorraine Executive Director, NextStep

Ten Reasons to Care about the Digital Divide
Just as access to school, safe neighborhoods, and jobs were critical to the success of previous generations, access to technology today is the key to full participation in the global economy.
Knowledge is now the principal source of wealth creation and new jobs in the United States. Ensuring that the U.S. and its populace keep up with the fast pace of knowledge dissemination and continuously evolving technology is crucial to maintaining a vibrant economy as well as remaining secure at home.
1. 57% of employed Americans over the age of 25 use a computer at work. Among jobs that require a college degree, 85% of workers use a computer at work.
2. By 2010, jobs in the computer and mathematical fields will increase by 67%.
3. 62 out of every 1000 private sector workers in Oregon are employed by high-tech firms (13th highest in the nation)
4. In Oregon, high-tech industry workers earn an average of $33,038 more per year than other private-sector workers
5. 56% of households in Oregon earning less than $15,000 per year do not own a computer, compared to 38% of all households nationally.
6. Compared to their peers in households with annual incomes over $75,000, children in households with annual incomes less than $15,000 are:

  • 1/2 as likely to have a computer at home;
  • 1/3 as likely to have the Internet at home; and
  • 1/7 as likely to have broadband at home

7. Only 50.6% of black families and 48.7% of Latino families have access to home
computers, compared to 74.6% of white families.
8. Of the 826,000 children in Oregon, 166,000 (20.1%) are living in poverty.
9. There are 10 students for every Internet-connected computer in Oregon’s public schools, less than that in high-poverty schools.
10. Youth with technology skills relieve the “brain drain” many communities, such as Eugene, experience. Highly-skilled workers stimulate job growth and the local economy by attracting businesses to the area.
11. IT skills can improve children’s health and access to health care by improving the quality of care, helping children and parents manage chronic conditions from home, allowing access to vital health information, and helping young people enroll in health programs electronically to stay up to date on their immunizations.
12. Almost 20% of all young adults ages 18-25 use the Internet to search for health information.
13. 39% of online “health information seekers” ages 15-24 changed their personal behavior because of health information obtained online.

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