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he Grove Neighborhood Network is first and foremost a resource for the residents of Island Grove Village Apartments.  We are part of HUD's Neighborhood Networks initiative, which really is an organized way of describing and, to some extent, defining a whole bunch of computer learning centers that more often than not have little in common with one another beyond goals and objectives.

Each Neighborhood Network is established according to the needs of the clients/residents, the abilities (or whim) of whoever is setting it up, and the property's ability to address a wild range of technological and funding issues.  IGV has been pretty adept at the adjustments, collecting a few awards, some positive press, and the remarkable support of our community.

As we have been welcomed and endorsed by our community for the work we try to do, our greatest accomplishments lie in how we try to welcome and endorse our clients when they walk in our door.  Think about it: you're in your late 20's or early 30's, you're facing a layoff from your lousy job, you don't have a high school diploma, and your track record at earning your GED is spotty at best.  We figure that if you could have succeeded at the traditional classroom model, you would have done so a long time ago.

So, we're different.  We like it that way.  And nearly 1,700 adults visiting a total of more than 20,000 times seem to like that we're different.

We don't have classes, clients (as we call them) don't sit in assigned seats and don't have to raise their hands before speaking.  There's always a pot of coffee and some kind of social gathering at the tables in the Community Room.  They make friends with the other clients and hang out together sometimes; often they support one another away from TGNN. 

It's the kind of place you would not have dropped out of in the 11th grade, if places like Neighborhood Networks had been around way back when.

So, what does this all mean?  Well, we have a Mission Statement, but what really drives us is the commitment it takes to be in your late 20's and stumbling through life without a GED or decent job skills or absolutely no idea of how to push a mouse around a pad.

And we love sharing what little we've learned, so drop us a line if you don't find what you're looking for in these pages.