DoITT and LinkNYC Partner with The Alliance for Positive Change, Teachers & Writers Collaborative to Celebrate National Poetry Month

LinkNYC Kiosks Across NYC Display Poetry by New Yorkers, Including Students and Those Affected by HIV/AIDS, Throughout April

NEW YORK — The New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) and LinkNYC today announced a collaboration with the nonprofits The Alliance for Positive Change and the Teachers & Writers Collaborative to celebrate National Poetry Month. Throughout April, Links across the five boroughs will display poems authored by New Yorkers who participate in programs run by these organizations.

In partnership with the Alliance, poems written by New Yorkers affected by HIV/AIDS, chronic health conditions, and substance misuse will run on each of the more than 1,500 active LinkNYC kiosks across the five boroughs, unveiling personal stories of transformation through poetry. The Teachers & Writers Collaborative brings the words of local students to life on Links through their creative writing programs that foster self-expression, communication, and a love of literature.

“National Poetry Month is the perfect time for LinkNYC to share the creative voices of New Yorkers,” said Samir Saini, Commissioner of the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications. “Link kiosks are wonderful vehicles to convey stories of our city and its people, and we are grateful to the poets who are generously sharing their gifts with their fellow city dwellers and visitors.”

“LinkNYC is proud to partner with the Alliance for Positive Change and the Teachers & Writers Collaborative, two nonprofits that help New Yorkers shine through poetry,” said Jen Hensley, President of Link. “Using Link’s platform of digital displays throughout the five boroughs, we hope New Yorkers and visitors who pass by Links will be inspired, moved, and delighted by poems of strength, healing, and personal expression.”

“Poetry has the ability to change minds and lives, and is emblematic of our mission to help New Yorkers feel better, live better, and do better,” said Sharen I. Duke, Executive Director and CEO of Alliance. “We thank LinkNYC for the opportunity to share the poignant words penned by Alliance Creative Writing Workshop members.”

“Teachers & Writers Collaborative is delighted to partner with LinkNYC in celebration of National Poetry Month. We are grateful for the opportunity to share the words of the young poets in our programs with New Yorkers throughout April,” said Amy Swauger, Executive Director of the Teachers & Writers Collaborative.

LinkNYC, in partnership with DoITT, is the first-of-its-kind communications network replacing the city’s payphones to build the world’s fastest and largest free public Wi-Fi network. Since Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the public launch of LinkNYC in early 2016, more than 1,500 Links are active across all five boroughs, with thousands more set to be deployed over the next few years.

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About the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT)
DoITT is the technology core of New York City government, working with over 100 city agencies and entities to deliver the tech they need to serve and empower New Yorkers. DoITT’s technology solutions help keep the five boroughs safe, strong, and vibrant. For more information, visit nyc.gov/DoITT or visit us on Facebook or Twitter.

About LinkNYC
LinkNYC is the first-of-its-kind communications network replacing the city’s payphones to build the world’s fastest and largest free public Wi-Fi network. Since Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the public launch of LinkNYC in early 2016, more than 1,500 Links are active across all five boroughs, with thousands more set to be deployed over the next few years.

More than 3.6 million people – more than the populations of the cities of Chicago, Phoenix, Philadelphia, Dallas, or San Diego – have used the free gigabit Wi-Fi service, with tens of thousands of new users joining the network each week. LinkNYC Wi-Fi subscribers have used more than 3,625,000 GB of data used, the equivalent of streaming 580 million songs and 3 million video hours, sending 36 billion emails and 123 billion messages.

About The Alliance for Positive Change
The Alliance for Positive Change transforms lives of New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic illnesses. We help people access medical care, manage and overcome addiction, escape homelessness, get back to work, and find community. By addressing the underlying issues that contribute to poor health, the Alliance’s individualized, full-service approach and harm reduction philosophy help New Yorkers lead healthier, more self-sufficient lives. At the Alliance, we believe everyone deserves the chance to feel better, live better, and do better. Learn more at www.alliance.nyc.

About Teachers & Writers Collaborative
Teachers & Writers Collaborative partners with New York City schools and community-based organizations to offer dynamic creative writing programs led by professional writers. These programs inspire the imagination and foster self-expression, communication, and a lifelong love of literature. We share the writing created in our programs and the innovative teaching strategies developed by our writers through publications, including Teachers & Writers Magazine, a free online resource. In the last 50 years, Teachers & Writers Collaborative has served more than 750,000 students and more than 25,000 teachers, and published more than 80 books to support learning through the literary arts.