For 14 weeks this summer, 17 teenagers bypassed sleeping late to show up in a classroom at Carnegie Mellon University.
They came on campus at 9 a.m. for five days a week to learn their way around the World Wide Web and get grounded in the basics of computer science.
The 7-year-old summer camp, called InfoLink 100, is part of the tutoring and mentoring provided by 100 Black Men of Western Pennsylvania, a professional men's civic organization.
The learning is supported by Carnegie Mellon and Highmark and is a free effort to boost the computer skills of inner-city African-American children. Studies show this demographic lags behind the cyber-learning curve of their suburban counterparts.
"We're in the computer age, so this gives them a big dose of it," said Ron Lawrence, newly elected president of 100 Black Men of Western Pennsylvania. "This is preparation for secondary education. preparation for real life."
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