The city of Miami Parks and Information Technology departments have partnered to bring
Technology Learning Centers, or eParks, to selected City of Miami neighborhood parks.
The overall mission of eParks is to bridge the “digital divide” by providing "technology learning"
environments to City residents through the implementation of a network of Neighborhood
Technology Learning Centers in City of Miami Parks located in all five City districts.
In the creation of the eParks initiative the City of Miami seeks to address
the needs of all of its residents:
- To provide a safe, technology enhanced environment which enables children and
youths to obtain homework assistance, develop creative expression, participate in
educational games and learning opportunities, and develop the appropriate skill
sets necessary for academic and career success
- To create a learning environment for adults that provides
access to a wide range of resources which enhance their lives
and facilitate job searches, business activities, and career
- Establish a model at designated parks which will showcase
the use of adaptive technology for individuals with special
needs to assist with the enhancement of life and career skills
(partner with non-profit, Shake-a-Leg).
- Disadvantaged youth – school age children that do not have the same
level of access to technology as their counterparts;
- Economically disadvantaged – individuals with no technology
- Individuals with language and cultural barriers – addressing
diverse cultural backgrounds;
- Senior Citizens – individuals needing assistance in
assimilating new technologies into their daily lives;
- Individuals with disabilities – those that would need
additional accommodations in order to take advantage of
technologies (partner: Shake-a-Leg).
Access to these communications tools will empower residents who are searching
for homework assistance, jobs, educational and training opportunities and
information on available government services available to them.
It is envisioned that each of these individualized web homepages will
contain links to the following tools and services:
- Educational programs, such as, homework assistance
- Job Clearing house links – sites which provide for:
- Resume posting by citizens
- Help Wanted Ads by businesses
- Links to free email account creation (hotmail, yahoo mail,
- Small business information sites (e.g., www.sba.gov,
- Links to City, County and State Services
- Homeowner associations’ postings
- Other links as identified