Educational Institutions

Timothy Smith Network

  • Roxbury, MA
  • www.timothysmithnetwork.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the TSN is to increase the capacity of the Greater Roxbury community of Boston to effectively use and access technology by providing technology-related services, educational programs and resources as well as strengthening and supporting the individual TSN sites.

Main Programs

  1. Support of TS Centers
  2. Online Learning Readiness
  3. Online Learning: Acquiring Career Credentials
  4. STEM-focused After-School Programs
Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

All Timothy Smith Centers are located in the Greater Roxbury area of Boston. Students from all parts of the Boston are eligible to participate in classes and programs at TS Centers. The Timothy Smith Network also partners with non-profits in other areas of Boston to provide programming to residents of those neighborhoods.

ruling year

2003

Principal Officer since 2014

Self-reported

Mr. Milton Irving

Keywords

Self-reported

TSN, community technology centers, informal education, certification training, out-of-school-time programming

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Also Known As

TSN

EIN

56-2339680

 Number

7029242594

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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During the past fiscal year the TSN continued to procure funding for programs and support for TS Centers, developed three innovative programs (Online Presence for Employment, Online Learning Readiness and Online learning: Acquiring Career Credentials), and strengthened our partnerships with the multiple agencies within the City of Boston, Microsoft and Bunker Hill Community College. The TSN's primary goals are to find and deliver sustainable funding to support programs and operations at TS Centers, to strengthen its Board of Directors, and to find additional relevant programs that meet the needs of the resident of Greater Roxbury and beyond.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Support of TS Centers

The TSN is working to strengthen the TSN sites by assisting them to implement strategies and standards for developing and sustaining their operations and for improving the efficiency, scale and quality of their programs. The TSN actively develops and looks for creative innovative programming and operating opportunities that can be implemented at TS Centers in order to improve the technology proficiency of community residents to improve their economic advancement. Specific activities in this program include: 1) Coordinating the purchase and installation of equipment valued at $500,000 at 12 TS Centers each year 2) Coordinating a grant from the Timothy Smith Fund for curriculum materials and program supplies for all TS Centers ($5,000 per site per year) 3) Developing innovative technology based programs and securing funding to support their implementation at TS Centers.

Category

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$630,000.00

Program 2

Online Learning Readiness

Online Learning Readiness (OLLR) is a 12-week, 480-hour, intensive program designed to prepare out-of-work and under-employed adults for the digital workplace by instilling in them technology, self-directed learner, and workforce readiness skills. OLLR builds on the capacity of the TS Centers to provide computer and workforce development training and assistance in securing jobs. Microsoft's Digital Literacy curricula is supplemented with exercises and activities. Participants who successfully complete OLLR go home with a netbook for a $50 co-pay and may be eligible for affordable broadband Internet access through Comcast. Upon completion, participants receive job-placement assistance, special training in creating an online presence for employability and encouragement to acquiring higher-end technology skills through additional on-line classes. The TSN has been designated a MS IT Academy and these courses are be available to graduates of OLLR.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Other Named Groups

Budget

$1,250,000.00

Program 3

Online Learning: Acquiring Career Credentials

Online Learning Acquiring Career Credentials enables students to take courses that qualify them to pass exams leading to credentials in several IT Career Pathways: Information Worker (MS for Office 2001/2010), Computer Technician (A+), Microsoft Technical Associate (MTA), Support Technician Windows 7 (MCITP), Server Administrator, and many more. Through a partnership with Bunker Hill Community College and Microsoft's IT Academy, the TSN is able to offer these classes in the community at a fraction of the costs at other credentialing organizations. Potential participants are those who successfully complete the Online Learning Readiness program or who have passed the Digital Literacy Certificate exam and demonstrate proficiency in basic computer skills. In the first course of the program, participants develop individual learning plans which outline the courses, exams and timeframes needed for them to acquire the desired credentials.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

Adults

Budget

$250,000.00

Program 4

STEM-focused After-School Programs

Through partnerships with colleges and universities, the Timothy Smith Network finds innovative after-school programs designed to science, technology, engineering and math fun for youth who traditionally have shied away from STEM fields. These programs foster science learning among urban teenage youth (ages 15-19) and their communities. The goal is to broaden the awareness that engaging in science learning is an effective way to promote overall youth development and to prepare for competitive professional opportunities. Over the years, the TSN has procured materials and provided funding for TS Centers to offer such STEM programs as: Technology Goes Home, Kinetic City: Mission to Verth, Youth Astronomy Apprentice Program, Kids Capture their Universe, Lego Robotics, Junior Achievement, and Internet Safety. Currently the TSN is partnering with the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics to bring additional astronomy based programming to TS Centers in 2012 and beyond.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$15,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

All Timothy Smith Centers are located in the Greater Roxbury area of Boston. Students from all parts of the Boston are eligible to participate in classes and programs at TS Centers. The Timothy Smith Network also partners with non-profits in other areas of Boston to provide programming to residents of those neighborhoods.

Funding Needs

The TSN's top pressing needs are: Sustainable funding for its operational costs ( $175,000 annually),Funding to continue the current programming ($625,000 annually,)Increase effectiveness of TSN's governing body,Sustainable funding to provide TS Centers with qualified instructors to improve program outcomes and deliverables ($1,500,000 annually), andDevelop/find innovative programs which meet the needs of residents on Roxbury.

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TIMOTHY SMITH NETWORK INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Timothy Smith Network

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Milton Irving

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Welcome to the Timothy Smith Network. In 2000, the organizations in Roxbury who had established technology centers came to share ideas and talents, to coordinate programming, to find ways to leverage scarce resources, and to strengthen the resources and effectiveness of the individual Centers. After months of discussion and planning, the Timothy Smith Network was established. As technology permeates almost all aspects of life, the TSN works to increase the capacity of TS Centers to meet the needs of their constituencies and their communities. The TSN has procured grants for and brought innovative technology based programs to TS Centers through partnerships with Microsoft, Lexmark, local community colleges and universities. Children and toddlers learn their letters and numbers. Youth receive homework and learn that science can be fun. High School youth learn how technology can be used to affect social change. Unemployed and under employed adults participate in programs that prepare them for 21st century jobs. Seniors learn how technology can connect them with families and friends and help them continue to live independently. These programs help participants of all ages harness the power of technology to change and improve their lives. I invite you to browse through our website and review the variety and depth of activities and program offerings at the TS Centers. Then, come in and visit one of our state-of-the-art technology learning centers. I am sure that you will join the hundreds of people who rely on the TS Centers for access to technology and who participate in programs and classes that are responsive to their needs. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr. Carroll Blake

Boston Public Schools

Term: Jan 2015 - Dec 2016

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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