Twitter To Build Tech Learning Center For Low-Income Families

Twitter To Build Tech Learning Center For Low-Income Families

Twitter has announced a recent partnership with San Francisco-based non-profit Compass Family Services. The two organizations will build a learning center to teach technology and other skills to low-income and homeless families in San Francisco.

As SF Gate reports, this goodwill initiative will not only see Twitter donate over $1 million over the course of several years, but it will also offer up its employees time as volunteers to teach families.

The learning center is called Twitter Neighborhood Nest, and its location, while still being determined, will likely be close to Twitter’s Mid-Market headquarters as well as Compass’ clients.

As SF Gate explains, this deal is not only part of Twitter’s efforts to better their community, but also represents a commitment the company made when it signed a deal with the city to stay in Mid-Market and avoid paying payroll taxes. In exchange, companies like Twitter that took this deal agreed to contribute to their surrounding communities. And although company officials say this particular deal won’t count towards their obligations this year, it could potentially in the future.

Compass will screen its clients to determine who would be a good fit for the center. Rather than teaching skills like coding, the center will instead focus on basic technology skills like applying for jobs online.

The center is slated to open in June of 2015.

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