Participants and staff pose in front of the Creating Success Mobile Learning Lab.

HENDERSON — On Saturday, March 26, the Creating Success Mobile Learning Lab traveled to a Community Outreach Day to bring computer science and technical training to over 35 kids and adults in the community.

Youth participants completed Code.org Hour of Code and explored robotics devices aboard the lab. Technical assistance for adults and seniors included topics such as how to operate Zoom, how to operate cell phones, how to set up an email account, and more. Instruction was provided by the 4-H Teen Leads Program through NC Cooperative Extension and was led by Dr. Wykia Macon.

“The children just fell in love with the Mobile Learning Lab. Once they got on, they were hooked! One child completed the entire Hour of Code program and earned a certificate during the event. Several seniors received help with utilizing different features on their phones and it was great to see how [the instructors] were able to tailor the training based on the needs of each individual,” said Linda Bristow, assistant to the pastor at Mount Moriah AME Zion Church.

“Everybody really loved [the Mobile Learning Lab] and it was great to see them engaged,” said Bristow.

The Creating Success Mobile Learning Lab (CSMLL), a program through Turning Point CDC, is a converted school bus that is equipped with laptops and robotics for mobile education. It provides families, youth, and adults with access to computer training skills, workforce development, coding and more, right from the parking lots of popular and accessible community locations. The CSMLL is available to book for events and more information can be found at www.turningpointcdc.org/creating-success-mobile-learning.

The outreach event was hosted by Mount Moriah AME Zion Church and included a food box giveaway, COVID-19 vaccines and boosters provided by Granville Vance Public Health Department, and activities on the Mobile Learning Lab provided by Turning Point CDC. Mount Moriah hopes to do more outreach events for members of the community in the future. Terry Bristow serves as pastor at the church.

Turning Point CDC is a nonprofit organization in partnership with Oasis of Hope Ministries whose mission is to serve as a catalyst for the continued development, transformation, and empowerment of communities in Vance, Granville, Warren and Franklin counties of North Carolina. They provide leadership and programming through education, health and wellness, economic development, and community engagement. Chalis Henderson serves as the executive director.

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