Community Outreach Plugged in, in Palo Alto, Calif., is a community technology center whose mission is to provide equal access to technology.Magda Escobar, executive director of Plugged In, said eWEEKs donation last year helped to fund the establishment of EPA.net, an online community resource center that comprises information and content created for the community of East Palo Alto. "During the last year, we have worked with 40 community members to write articles for the site," said Escobar. "For example, Mary Flamer writes stories about East Palo Altos church community, and Kalamu Chache is a local East Palo Alto poet who has become the poetry editor for EPA.net. "Both of these community members learned to use technology to inform their neighbors about community affairs and to express their thoughts," Escobar said. "We are very proud of the site." Funds from the Excellence Awards will again be donated to YTE, iMentor and Plugged In. "We are pleased to see the proceeds from our Excellence Awards program used to fund such worthy programs," said Eric Lundquist, eWEEKs editor in chief. "YTE, iMentor and Plugged In are using the technology we report on and evaluate in eWEEK to benefit communities that might otherwise not have access to it." Executive Editor Debra Donston can be reached at email@example.com.
Plugged In operates three programs: Plugged In Enterprises, which trains teenagers in the latest Web design technology; Plugged In Greenhouse, a creative arts and technology center for children; and the Technology Access Center, a community production studio, copy center, cyber-library, self-paced learning studio and telecommunications center.