AWOL’s Information Technology Training Class enables youth to enhance their abilities, employability and self-sufficiency. The primary objective is to provide computer training, skills and knowledge to youth, with a particular focus on Juvenile Offenders. In concert with the IT training will be Project Mean Green, which will recycle computer technology and provide low and no-cost computing to individuals and not-for-profit organizations in the community. Any computer equipment, working or not, can be donated to Goon Squad, who will repair and reuse what computers we can, redirecting tons of machines out of landfills and into the hands of people who need them. After being refurbished, the computers are given to low-income families and non-profit organizations lacking access to technology.
The program helps close the digital divide-increasing access to technology among low income families-and also helps divert tons of machines out of landfills, giving them a second life. AWOL could create jobs repairing and refurbishing computers, engage youth who are coming out the Department of Juvenile Justice while giving them vital job skills, and provide free computers within the community-all while helping significantly reduce the amount of material being sent to landfills. Over the next three years at the current level of donations, the program will divert over 300 tons of e-waste from landfills, provide thousands of free computers to needy families and most importantly, help re-tool Savannah kids with valuable computer training skills.
This program is proudly supported by The Georgia Technology Authority, The City of Savannah, The Chatham County Commission, The Savannah Development and Renewal Authority, and Seimitsu