America’s first smart library with sensor technology that helps underserved kids
education . social justice . immigrants
Brooklyn, New York, USA
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Supports kids like Maria
Maria is a first-generation immigrant in New York. English is her second language and neither of her parents are fluent. Maria’s future depends on her ability to excel in school. New York is full of children like Maria. This makes literacy an important and growing challenge. The Literacy Lounge is a dedicated space designed to help students like Maria who need extra help learning to read, write, and analyze information.
In the heart of Brooklyn
Literacy Lounge will be built on the campus of a local school, the Academy for College Preparation & Career Exploration. Every day, hundreds of students walk through their doors looking for more opportunity. Being located here allows the new learning center to serve the local Black, Latin, and South Asian community.
We’ve worked with the school staff and students from the neighborhood to design a space that meets their needs. Literacy Lounge has groundbreaking technology and tools to support students. Once you fund, we can start building this 900 square foot learning center at the school.
Equipped with game-changing technology
The space will have revolutionary sensor technology that collects real-time data as kids speak and interact. Algorithms process this and give teachers data on student vocabulary, confidence, and interests — insights they can use to personalize support for kids.
Designed by passionate experts, with students
Race and AI policy analyst at Harvard
Architect, educator, Kurani founder
of diverse abilities, ages, backgrounds
Stimulates local economic development
To give more opportunity to minority-owned businesses in the community, a general contractor from the local area will build the Literacy Lounge.
How funding is used
We strive for radical transparency. Here’s how your contribution, which is tax deductible, will support the creation of Literacy Lounge.
Want to give?
Once you fund a project, Kurani handles the rest. We oversee construction, coordinate a ribbon cutting ceremony, and prepare a press kit and impact report for you.