February 28, 2003: Headlines: COS - Swaziland: Newsday: Swaziland RPCV Jennifer Sly works as Community Technology Coordinator

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Swaziland RPCV Jennifer Sly works as Community Technology Coordinator

Swaziland RPCV Jennifer Sly works as Community Technology Coordinator

Jennifer Sly

Sheila McKenna

February 28, 2003


Community technology coordinator at the Long Island City Community Technology Center, a program of the Jacob Riis Settlement House at 10-25 41st Ave., which celebrated its second anniversary Saturday.


30; native of Minneapolis; after graduating from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., spent two years in the Peace Corps in Swaziland teaching math to junior and high school students; worked for Honeywell for two years; moved to New York City to study and earned a master's degree in public administration from Columbia University; has been with the center for six months; single, lives in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.


"Our center is great because it serves everyone in the community, from kids as young as 5 to seniors, age 105. We have programs for beginners to advanced. It is extremely vital, especially in this community where there really is a 'Digital Divide' and technology becomes even more critical to everyone's daily life. Our mission is to get technology in the hands of the community as a catalyst for change. If you were to take a Microsoft Office class in Manhattan, it could cost you anywhere from $500 to $1,000 depending on the class, but we offer the same class free of charge."


"At Honeywell, I was a minority. I was a woman where only about 10 percent were women, so I got involved with programs that would recruit young women into the sciences. I realized that if women were not encouraged to study science and math at an early age, then they most likely wouldn't later on in life. That's why I wanted to work with a range of ages and races, which is what I do now. My mission is to open up that career path to more minorities and women."

Copyright © 2003, Newsday, Inc.

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