Project Description

Introducing Computer Literacy to Youth and Non-Governmental Organizations in the Kenneth Gardens Community

People Served Directly
People Served Indirectly
Name: Jessica Crosby
College Affiliation: College Nine
Major: GISES
Graduation Date: Spring 2016

Project Date: Summer 2015

Partner Org: Durban University of Technology Urban Futures Center
Partner Website:

Technologies Used: Web Design, Technology Essentials, Blogger, Video and Photography
Project Themes: Adult and Youth Tech Literacy, Women’s Empowerment
People Served Directly: The workers at Carrots and Peas Kitchen, Senzokuhle Home Based Care Org, and Youth Digital Archive Lab. 100% black South African
Community Served Indirectly: The intent of the project was to support the community leaders of Kenneth Gardens who serve the greater community’s 1,000-1,300 residents. This includes people benefitting from the work that the women at the non-profit organizations do, as well as the families of the youth participating in the computer labs.

Project Description View Jessica’s Practicum

This project sought to develop the computer literacy and online presence of the women running two non-profit organizations that directly served the residents of the Kenneth Gardens municipal housing community, as well as developing computer skills and digital archiving skills with Kenneth Gardens youth. This was achieved by working with Carrots and Peas Kitchen and Senzokuhle Home Based Care Organisation to design a website and a blog, while teaching basic computer skills as well as teaching website and blog maintenance one-on-one. For the youth this was achieved through the bi-monthly computer labs that focused on writing informative reports and updates about the community in collaboration with the DUT doctoral student Dennis Ochieng.