My mission since 2006 has been to provide computers and learning software to children in shelters, low income residential projects and community centers because they might not otherwise have enough opportunities to learn how to use these tools. My other mission is to be able to give every child I tutor a laptop when his/her family leaves a transitional living center to a home of their own.
I have formed the non-profit 501 (c) corporation named S.P.L.A.T. -- Showing People Learning and Technology. My Articles of Incorporation have been stamped by the Secretary of State and can be provided to all potential donors as proof of SPLAT's status and intent. I have also a federal Trademark registration for SPLAT. I have also been approved by the I.R.S. as an exempt corporation under Section 501 c 3 of the Internal Revenue Code, and my donors can receive a charitable tax credit on their tax reports. A new website for S.P.L.A.T has been created at: splatcharity.org
If you go to SPLAT's website, you can learn about what SPLAT has accomplished these past years and what it's plans for the future are. I have received monetary donations, software, and laptop donations from many companies and people who are listed as donors in my website. If you go to of SPLAT's website and click on "Media", you can find the links to a Los Angeles Times article dated January 7, 2008 which profiled SPLAT's work at the Los Angeles Family Housing, Transitional Living Center (TLC), located in North Hollywood, CA. You can also use the link (or go to youtube.com/ and search "Michael Guggenheim") and view the interviews that Good Morning America and CNN Headlines filmed earlier this year about SPLAT. I am also proud to have received the President's Volunteer Service Award from the United States Department of Education earlier this year for my work with SPLAT.
I have been tutoring students every week at TLC and I am happy to report that several of my students' families have graduated to their own homes and each of these students have received a laptop to take with them. I am training some of my friends to continue the tutoring at TLC. I also have a volunteer who is continuing my work at L.A.F.H. while I have started S.P.L.A.T. in Minnesota at "The Neighborhood House" I will continue to ask people and companies to donate laptops, software or money so that I can continue to give laptops to every kid from the two locations where SPLAT will hopefully be working with kids.