Lyft Unleashes Its Own Fleet Of Scooters To The Austin Mix

Andrea GallowayUncategorized

Publisher: Tony Cantu, Patch Staff With Lime, Bird, Uber already operating at full speed, car ride share firm adds its own electric scooters to an already saturated market. AUSTIN, TEXAS — Because, as you might (or might not) agree, Austin needs more dockless electric scooters on city roads and sidewalks, ride share firm Lyft added to the wheeled fleet with its own version of the contraptions, company officials announced Tuesday.For further details on Lyft's Scooters in Austin, including how to get started, ... Read More

Lyft expands its scooter service to Austin

Andrea GallowayUncategorized

Publisher: EngadgetAustin joins four other cities that now host Lyft’s scooters. Lyft continues to expand its scooter service, announcing today that it's now available in Austin, Texas. This is the the fifth region where Lyft has deployed its scooters and its first launch in Texas. While the company struck out earlier this year when it tried to get a permit to operate in San Francisco, it has since launched its scooter service in Denver, Santa Monica, Washington, DC and, as of yesterday, Arlington. Lyft said that it has teamed ... Read More

Community Tech Network and Sprint Provide Devices and Training to South Austin Residents

Andrea GallowayUncategorized

Publisher: American TownGiving Tuesday is an annual Global Giving Event that occurs on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. This season Community Tech Network (CTN) gave thanks by bringing new devices and basic digital skills training to an underserved population in south Austin. What: Community Tech Network (CTN) and Sprint distributed 15 new Samsung tablet devices to learners at the Foundation Communities' property, Bluebonnet Studios, in south Austin. Sprint staff provided individualized training to the learners to help them better connect with ... Read More

Digital Inclusion Program Helps Older And Low-Income Austinites Catch Up With Technology

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Publisher: KUT Austin's NPR StationUntil recently, Jan Morgan was buying one flip phone after the next. Now, she's an ambassador for the city's Digital Inclusion program and is teaching others how to use smartphones and computers. --JULIA REIHS / KUT Jan Morgan used to think smartphones were for young people. "I didn't want a phone smarter than me," she joked. She refused to get one. Instead the 66-year-old bought flip phones and pre-paid phone cards. Thirty-three phones later, a store clerk pointed out ... Read More

Comcast offers low-cost internet program to veterans

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Publisher: SMARTCITIESDIVEDive Brief: Comcast has expanded its Internet Essentials broadband adoption program to the more than 1 million low-income veterans who live in its service area, the company announced Monday. The Internet Essentials program is in its seventh year of providing broadband access to low-income families. According to a progress report released Monday, the company has connected more than 6 million Americans — 2 million in the last year alone — through Internet Essentials, which provides low-cost internet and digital literacy training. The company cites figures ... Read More

Students Shine at Austin Pathways HACA 18th Annual Scholarship Ceremony

Andrea GallowayUncategorized

This year’s Austin Pathways HACA Resident Scholarship Ceremony was star studded. Scholarship recipients twinkled on stage as they received their certificates, and guest speaker SaulPaul encouraged the group of 36 students to continue to shine as they work to achieve their dreams. “Don’t let people set small goals for you,” said SaulPaul, a former prisoner turned college graduate and “musician with a message” who was named the 2017 Austinite of the Year. “I would encourage you to live up to … Read More

The digital divide is more than an infrastructure problem

Andrea GallowayUncategorized

Publisher: SMARTCITIESDIVEBroadband access problems aren't limited to rural areas. In cities, the digital divide is a barrier to urban revitalization and the full realization of a "smart city" vision. Since former President Barack Obama pledged in his 2011 State of the Union address that high-speed wireless would be available to 98% of Americans, there have been fervent discussions about how to get broadband into rural communities. President Trump’s infrastructure proposal this year called for $50 billion in rural spending, including on broadband, and ... Read More

Making a Difference – Austin Pathways and Capstone Title

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Publisher: CBS AustinMaking a Difference AUSTIN, Tx — Going back to school can be tough when you're trying to pay the bills and raise kids. CBS Austin's Allison Miller shows us how Austin Pathways and Capstone Title Company are making a difference, helping Austin residents get an education. Before help came along, Sayuri Byrd, mom of an 18-year-old boy and baby girl on the way, had a lot to think about, "Am I too old to go to school? Am ... Read More

Scholarship Spotlight: Rakan Alsankari

Andrea GallowayEducation

As told by Rakan Alsankari, Northgate resident Many seniors do not know what they want to do after high school, or what they want to do with their lives. But for me, the situation is different.Since I was in elementary school in Jordan (a sovereign Arab state in Western Asia), I had an idea of what I want to be, and this idea has become clearer and more focused over time. Because of my life experience, my career goal is … Read More

Scholarship Spotlight: Christie Anderson

Andrea GallowayEducation

As told by Christie Anderson, Chalmers Courts resident   My name is Christie Anderson, and I am studying to become a licensed nurse practitioner. I am currently working toward earning my Associate Degree of Nursing (ADN) through Austin Community College’s (ACC) Registered Nursing Program. Once I earn my ADN, I plan to take advantage of ACC’s ADN to Bachelor of Science Nursing Program. ACC’s nursing program is preparing me to take the National Council Licensure Examination, a nationwide examination for … Read More

Scholarship Spotlight: Sayuri Byrd

Andrea GallowayEducation

As told by Sayuri Byrd, HCV participant My name is Sayuri Byrd, and I am 35 years old. I am the mother of two boys, ages 18 and 7. I recently learned I am expecting my third bundle of joy! I am looking forward to raising my new daughter, and I intend to make wise decisions, and to make every effort to live my dreams – doing what makes my family and I happy. One of my greatest accomplishments this … Read More

Scholarship Spotlight: Kirida McDaniels

Andrea GallowayEducation

As told by Kirida McDaniels, HCV Participant I’m Kirida McDaniels, and I am proud to be a two-time awardee of the Austin Pathways HACA Scholarship. This scholarship is helping me continue my education and is bringing me closer to becoming the first person in my entire family to earn a college degree. I faced a lot of challenging personal experiences throughout primary and secondary school. From an early age, I was a victim of bullying. I was bullied for so … Read More

Scholarship Spotlight: Dorothy Howard

Andrea GallowayEducation

As told by Dorothy Howard, Rosewood Courts Resident I want to thank Austin Pathways and HACA for all the support you have given me these last two years through the Austin Pathways HACA Scholarship. Continuing to work on earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology in Huston-Tillotson University’s Adult Degree Program has been an awesome experience. In September, I will have enough credits to receive my associate’s degree in liberal arts. Once I receive my bachelor’s degree, I will only have eight … Read More

Scholarship Spotlight: Layla Mohsin

Andrea GallowayEducation

As told by Layla Mohsin, HCV Participant Ever since I was a kid, I have always wanted to do something important. I wanted to be the childhood figures I’d seen in cartoons – like Pocahantas. I wanted to be as caring and understanding as Snow White. I wanted to change lives like Mulan. When you’re a kid, everything seems easy, the world is at your feet, and you have this mindset that when you get older, you can do anything. … Read More

Community Impact Report 2017

Andrea GallowayUncategorized

Google FiberEach year, we at Google Fiber are humbled by the groundbreaking work of our community partners across the country. These partners roll up their sleeves, undaunted by challenges, and improve their neighbors’ access to opportunities. They find creative ways to advance digital inclusion. They hustle to empower more students with STEM programs. They ignite innovation and entrepreneurship—especially in under-resourced schools and neighborhoods. In short, they make their cities a better place. We are privileged to bring our Faster, Fairer, ... Read More