As students learn from home due to the global COVID-19 crisis, many families are not equipped with adequate devices.

Tent Schools International is working to close the digital divide during the pandemic in partnership with Comprenew.

Together, Comprenew and Tent Schools International are expanding their discounted device program for resettled refugees to include all families with a demonstrated financial need in four counties in Michigan. In addition, the regular fee of $95 will be waived or reduced based on demonstrated need. 

Eligible applicants: Any family in need in Kent, Ottawa, Marquette, and Otsego counties as well as any resettled refugee family in the United States.




Additional programs to close the digital divide
Computer training: Resettled students in the United States can complete a LEAP technological training course (Comprenew Connect) while also earning a computer for educational or career training purposes. Our goal is to close the digital divide while setting up students and their families for success. Training classes build confidence and technical skills. Those that qualify will have an opportunity to receive a warrantied computer from a Comprenew store upon completion of the class.

Taught using an online training program under the supervision of an instructor, the program includes training in Microsoft Word and Excel, email correspondence, and internet navigation. Students learn how to:

  • create a personal budget,
  • write letters, resumes and more,
  • write and send emails,
  • do internet research
  • and be confident and comfortable using technology

The LEAP training fee is $95, which includes the earned computer. The 7-10-week course takes place from 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM on Wednesdays at Tent Schools International + Comprenew headquarters at 629 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Note that courses are in English – host organizations must provide their own interpreters if needed. Apply for LEAP training today by filling out the LEAP training application.

If your church or organization would like to host a LEAP training course for a resettled population you serve, contact us.

Discount for Organizations: We provide discounted computers and related hardware for approved organizations that work with resettled families. If you are an entity serving displaced populations, you may be eligible to receive a 25% discount on ShopComprenew.org. Organizations that wish to be considered for this discount program should first fill out the LEAP discount application. TSI staff will be in touch with you shortly after you submit your application. If approved, we will set up a shop account for your organization and send you the log-in information and discount code.

International Grants for Technology: If you are an international entity serving displaced populations and would like to receive funding for educational technology programs, you may apply for a grant from Tent Schools International.

LEAP’s Impact

Student videographers Isaac Wamujje and Kareem Drake made this video to help spread the word about LEAP. They are learning video editing and used their new skills to show LEAP’s impact at the African Resource Center in Grand Rapids, MI. Watch to learn more about LEAP’s direct impact on education for resettled students.