In spring 2010, One Economy and the Broadband Opportunity Coalition (BBOC), an alliance of this country’s leading civil rights organizations, received $28.5 million in federal funding from the American Recovery Reinvestment Act through the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) and an additional $23 million in corporate matches. With this funding, One Economy and the BBOC will launch 167 Digital Connector programs in 19 cities throughout the United States.
Digital Connectors is a national movement of young people dedicated to improving themselves and their communities through leadership development and digital literacy skills. Youth and young adult ambassadors are promoted by One Economy, Comcast and the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga affiliate.
The program requires an intensive 156 curriculum hours and 60 community service hours and will be delivered as an intensive summer program in the Summer 2011. Students will be empowered to:
Digital Connectors will serve their communities by helping to bridge the “digital divide” by teaching digital literacy to community members to benefit from the vast amount of resources available to them via the internet and software programs.The skills learned in the Digital Connectors program seeks to prepare our young people to become capable adults as they prepare for and enter the 21st century workplace.
Core Competencies of a DigitalConnectors will be:
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