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Jersey City, NJ

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2021

Project Category: Digital navigation skills

Description: The Jersey City Housing Authority aimed to use technology to reduce social isolation and improve community connections at one of its age-restricted public housing complexes. The Authority a created a computer lab onsite, outfitting the space with desktop computers and a printer. To help residents use the technology, they Authority worked with partners to host one-on-one and small group digital literacy training in Spanish and English. Topics included computer and internet basics, email and digital art and design. Additionally, the Authority installed voice-activated smart home devices in individual apartments. Since introducing the new technology, the Authority has also worked to ensure residents have access to reliable broadband internet service.

Seattle, WA

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2024

Project Category: Digital navigation skills

Description: This project will provide digital literacy classes to Latino immigrant workers. This will give lower-income residents access to computers and improve their technology skills, allowing them to access job opportunities.

Wadesboro, NC

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2022

Project Category: Digital navigation skills

Description: This project provided people 50-plus with training in technology, led by volunteers. Each participant received a tablet and laptop that could be taken home. The tablets became theirs to keep after the six-week program.

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San Antonio, TX

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2022

Project Category: Park enhancements

Description: To encourage residents to live an active lifestyle, this project added outdoor exercise equipment along a walking trail in Palomino Park. Additionally, the Alamo Colleges Foundation offered free fitness activities, both onsite and virtually.

San Antonio, TX

AARP Community Challenge Grant Year: 2020

Project Category: Public space activation

Description: The City of San Antonio's World Heritage Office made improvements to the World Heritage Trail, which connects five Spanish colonial missions. The trail is one of only 24 UNESCO World Heritage sites in the U.S. To make the trail a more inviting place for people of all ages to walk, run and bike, the City added an interactive art installation beneath a highway overpass, which depicts each mission's location along the San Antonio River. They also installed limestone benches along the trail. Project organizers say the upgrades are meant to help visitors view a series of murals painted as part of a public art initiative.

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