While many activities and resources have moved online over the past decade, the pandemic forced institutions to offer all their services digitally. The attempt elevated the public’s awareness of digital inequity. Whether it was trying to attend classes, apply for government benefits, or practice religion, many people were excluded from fully participating in their communities.
Despite needing to access online services, almost a quarter of U.S. adults do not use home broadband. And even those who are comfortable navigating online find their internet connections taxed as multiple family members try to make simultaneous video calls.
NTEN has long advocated that every organization needs to recognize the role of digital equity in meeting its mission. Our Digital Inclusion Fellowship is an excellent opportunity to expand your organization’s programming and strengthen community ties. We are thrilled to open applications today for fellows in the following cities:
- Atlanta, GA: 1 position (sponsored by Google Fiber)
- Austin, TX: 1 position (sponsored by Google Fiber)
- Cleveland, OH: 2 positions (sponsored by The Cleveland Foundation)
- Huntsville, AL: 1 position (sponsored by Google Fiber)
- Kansas City, MO: 1 position (sponsored by Google Fiber)
- Nashville, TN: 1 position (sponsored by Google Fiber)
- Provo, UT: 1 position (sponsored by Google Fiber)
- Salt Lake City, UT: 2 positions (sponsored by Google Fiber)
- San Antonio, TX: 1 position (sponsored by Google Fiber)
About the fellowship
Launched in 2015 in partnership with Google Fiber, the Digital Inclusion Fellowship builds capacity and leadership in nonprofits to address digital inequity in their communities. Fellows join a yearlong, project-based, professional development cohort. They create and implement ambitious projects to increase opportunities for adults in their communities to learn essential digital skills and receive grants to help launch their programs.
Previous fellows have implemented impressive and groundbreaking projects. Ellie Avis, a fellow in Josephine County, OR, launched a hotspot lending program that allows library patrons to bring their connectivity home. She also launched Tech Time, an opportunity for community members to ask tech questions, and developed a volunteer program that supports library patrons in navigating their devices. Felicia Tillman, a fellow from Atlanta, formed partnerships to bring digital literacy training to uniquely sweet spaces. You can read more about past fellows’ projects (and get inspired to start your own!) in our Digital Inclusion Toolkit and fact sheets.
- Read full details about the application process and the required commitment.
- Read about former fellow projects in their own words.
- Watch the recording of a May 20 Q&A call discussing the benefits of the fellowship and how to apply.