The Fund for the City of New York's E-Community Connect is an integrated initiative begun in 2001 to help families and disenfranchised communities get wired, use information technology to save time, get better services, create economic opportunities, improve access to healthcare and education, strengthen community connections and achieve better outcomes for families and children. Critical to this effort is developing the talents and skills of young people in the community so they are able to maintain systems and create relevant content.
Four components are essential to creating and sustaining an E-Community:
- Access to computers and the Internet in homes, community-based organizations, government and local businesses
- Content and web applications relevant to the needs and interests of the community
- Community residents, nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies and local businesses connected through shared applications
- Sustainability through training and support of young people in the community so they can apply their talents and skills in the development of content