Kramden Institute Celebrates 20 Years

Kramden Institute celebrated 20 years of digital equity work on November 15, 2023. Kramden was founded in 2003 by father and son Mark and Ned Dibner, who reversed and combined their names to make  “Kramden.”  The anniversary celebration took place at our office in Durham with volunteers, supporters, and donors in attendance. Together, we celebrated the progress we’ve made to …

Kramden and Digital Bridges Forsyth

For the past 20 years, Kramden has been a leader in advancing digital equity in North Carolina. Starting this year, Forsyth County has contracted the Kramden Institute to assist with their own digital equity efforts. WinstonNet and Digital Bridges Forsyth (DBF) were awarded $2 million to fund digital inclusion programs in the county. The funding comes from the Coronavirus State …

Veterans Gain Computer Skills at the Hayti Center

This month, Kramden Program Coordinator, Nathanael Sperger, led a four-week Computer Basics class at the Hayti Center. Veterans came to the Hayti Center to learn how to use a computer, staying safe online, and working with office programs. On the final day of the course, participants were awarded their own laptop. Kramden was contacted by the Hayti Center’s Assistant Program …

Welcome new Board Chair, John Wilson

Please welcome John Wilson,  a member of MetLife’s Technology Transformation team, as the new chair of Kramden Institute’s Board of Directors.  John takes over the chair position from our founder, Mark Dibner, who has overseen Kramden’s growth from its inception in 2003.  John’s infectious energy can be felt around Kramden when he attends quarterly board meetings and strategic planning sessions.  …

Kramden Campers Pilot Drones

Summer camps are underway at Kramden. Children in grades 3-12 have participated in camps over the past 3 weeks, learning about technology through hands-on activities. Build a PC, Let’s Code, and Computer Quest camps wrapped up in June. In the first week of July, Kramden hosted one of our most popular camps, Drone Flight. Drones are everywhere, and they are …

High School Volunteers Lead Coders Club

  Once a month, Kramden hosts a Coders Club for middle school students who are interested in learning about programming. In past club meetings, students have learned how to use programming languages to make music, code robots, and create art. Kramden’s Program Manager, Lile Stephens, typically leads the meetings but this month featured guest instructors. This May, student volunteers from …

Kramden and UNC Provide Phones to Telehealth Patients

  If you have been keeping up with Kramden’s blog, you will know that we have a few partners that help us to distribute computers across the Triangle. The Green Chair Project and Marcus Harris Foundation give desktops to K-12 students or deliver tablets to classrooms. But those are not the only devices we give out through our programs. Since …

Marcus Harris Foundation Delivers Devices to Classrooms

  One of Kramden’s community partners is the Marcus Harris Foundation. Marcus Harris established the foundation in 2018, growing out of his life-long love of volunteering. Harris wanted to do more to support low-income children living in the Triangle. One of the first programs he set up was Kutz for Kids. This program provides free haircuts to children from underserved …

MLK Day 2023: Three non-profits team up for donation drive

With the start of 2023, three Triangle non-profits are asking for in-kind donations of household furnishings, computers, and school-aged clothes to benefit families facing the challenges of homelessness, crisis, and disaster. The Green Chair Project, Note in the Pocket, and Kramden Institute are joining forces to collect items on Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 16, 2023, at Green Chair’s Raleigh …

Geek of the Week – Isabella Jong

  Isabella Jong is Geek of the Week! Isabella first started volunteering with Kramden in September 2021.  She has volunteered more than 100 hours refurbishing computers and assisting in teaching basic digital literacy classes to our adult learners.  Thank you, Isabella, for your support and dedication to Kramden’s mission! Favorite Geek Books: Top favorite is the Mistborn series by Brandon …

Kramden’s Train-the-Trainer Program in Winston-Salem brings digital skills to more people in NC.

  Community Technology Instructors (CTIs) Wanda and Darlie have delivered three sessions of Kramden’s Computer Basics program to members of the Housing Authority of Winston-Salem community. Wanda and Darlie attended our two-day training in August and have been leading classes since.   Train the Trainer is Kramden’s strategy for bringing our digital literacy curriculum to more communities across North Carolina. …

High School Students Donate 300 Computers to Kramden

  This month, Isaac Lund and Joey Milazzo made an incredible equipment donation to Kramden as part of a larger project to address digital equity needs during the pandemic. The two high school seniors already have experience in non-profit leadership, as they founded the student led Service Beakers non-profit during their freshman year of high school. Isaac, Joey and some …