Each year, more services move online, whether it’s voter registration, job applications, homework, or critical social services. For many individuals, this means it’s faster and easier than ever to get information, connect with friends, and access services that support their wellbeing. However, this increasingly connected world is leaving millions of Americans behind. With 35% of US adults not using home broadband, many of the most marginalized communities are increasingly being left behind by lack of connectivity and the skills needed to navigate online.
We have a shared responsibility to ensure that everyone can fully participate in the digital world to meet their personal goals. NTEN believes that every organization needs to recognize the role of digital equity in meeting our missions and is proud to commit to that work with our Digital Inclusion Fellowship (DIF) program. We invite you to support our Fellowship if you share a similar commitment.
About the Fellowship
Launched in 2015 in partnership with Google Fiber, the Digital Inclusion Fellowship builds capacity and leadership in nonprofits to bridge the digital divides in their communities. Selected nonprofit staff join a year-long, project-based, professional development cohort. Fellows will develop and implement ambitious project plans in order to increase opportunities for adults in their communities to learn essential digital skills, and will receive project grants of up to $1000 to help launch their programs. Previous Fellows have implemented numerous impressive and groundbreaking projects. Emma Hernandez, a Fellow in San Antonio, launched a hotspot lending program that allows library patrons to bring their connectivity home. She also developed a volunteer program that supported 200 library patrons in connecting with workforce resources. Felicia Tillman, a Fellow from Atlanta, formed partnerships to bring digital literacy training to uniquely sweet spaces. Read more about past Fellows’ projects (and get inspired to start your own!) in our Digital Inclusion Toolkit, program Fact Sheets, and blog.
We are no longer seeking applications for the fifth cohort. However, if you’re interested in supporting our Digital Inclusion Fellowship as a sponsor, host or Fellow, we would love to hear from you. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are deeply grateful to Google Fiber and The Cleveland Foundation, our Cohort 5 sponsors, for their commitment to bridging digital divides and supporting the Digital Inclusion Fellowship.