During Winter Quarter at MSOE, we teamed up with Robert Dunn, CEO of Our Next Generation here in Milwaukee, to set up a computer lab at their main location for the students to use.
Our Next Generation, Inc. is a program to help urban youth achieve academic and personal success.
"In the community we serve, statistics tell us that without intervention less than 40% of children will graduate from high school."
Our Next Generation makes sure every student who walks through their doors graduates from high school and has future goals set.
We have been setting up a lab with about 18 computers. All of which have internet access. With the usual Ubuntu software installed, there is lots of educational software for the students to use in their free time. All of the computers also have the standard office software and are hooked up to a printer so students can print school projects, etc.
Rafael Possamai, a fellow MSOE student who has been putting a lot of time into help with this lab, has been hired part time by ONG to help with their other IT issues. He will be their after we finish setting up the lab to make sure it continues to function, and that it gets used to its fullest potential.
Please check out their website to find out more about what they do and how you can help: http://ongkids.org/