Digital Connectors

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What is Digital Connectors?

The National Urban League, One Economy and the Broadband Opportunity Coalition won a grant from the Department of Commerce titled "The Broadband Technology Opportunity Program". As part of this grant, the National Urban League and other Broadband Opportunity Coalition partners implemented One Economy's youth oriented program titled Digital Connectors. The goal of the program is to expand broadband awareness by training young people to become ambassadors for broadband adoption in communities of color.  The Urban League expanded Project Ready, its after school program, to include the Digital Connectors curriculum. The grant enabled Project Ready to expand from 10 affiliates to 16 affiliates  . Working with high-capacity and high-quality partners such as One Economy maximizes the impact of local Urban League programs in their communities and on the lives of American youth.

Digital Connectors prepare students for success in the 21st Century workplace through a robust 156-hour Digital Connector’s curriculum that includes 12 Core Competency areas, 56 hours of community service per participant, a Cisco I.T. Essentials certificate upon completion and a comprehensive ‘train the trainer’ professional development approach. Youth projects have included: developing faith-based computer labs; creating documentaries; training community members on computers and the Internet; using digital media to create interactive tutorials; and mapping community assets.

Digital Connectors Making a Difference

Midlands Students Serve as Technology Ambassadors

COLUMBIA (WACH) - It's not your typical summer camp. A select group of teens are spending their summer in the Digital Connectors Camp.

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Urban League of Rochester Digital Connectors Trainings

Urban League of Rochester Digital Connectors - PDF 1
Urban League of Rochester Digital Connectors - PDF 2

Where can I find a Digital Connector Program?

Click here to find a Digital Connectors location near you.

How big is the program?

The Urban League affiliates will train approximately 500 students to expand broadband awareness as part of the Digital Connectors Program. They, in turn, will train many more youth and adults in their respective communities.

Who sponsors Digital Connectors?

Digital Connectors program is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce - "Broadband Technologies Opportunity Program".

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