Cohorts 2 & 3 Fellows and NTEN staff at the 2017 Nonprofit Technology Conference.

Building connections to change lives

From July 2016 to July 2017, we were fortunate to work with an incredibly hard-working and dedicated group of Digital Inclusion Fellows. This group, the second cohort of the Digital Inclusion Fellowship (DIF), launched an impressive array of programs, initiatives, and events to promote digital inclusion and digital literacy in their communities. Along the way, they recorded data showing their progress and shared success stories and challenges from the field.

Impact of the Fellowship

Front cover of Building connections to change lives fact sheets coverNTEN and each of our City Hosts have curated a one-page fact sheet about the year of their work. These fact sheets are meant to give the reader the highest of overviews and a snapshot of program activity. Each of these fact sheets represents a much deeper and broader effort than could ever be captured on a piece of paper. We encourage anyone who’d like to learn more to contact us or the individual city hosts. We’re happy to make introductions, if you’d like.

Thank you

We are grateful to our City Host partners for their support of the Fellows and for the work they continue to do to bridge the digital divide in their communities. A huge thank you to all the Fellows, who, in a single year, competently absorbed a trove of information, networked with innumerable colleagues and potential community partners and, on top of all that, were the driving force behind dozens of community digital literacy programs that served over 12,000 people across the country.

What’s next

Big shout out to the Cohort 3 Fellows who are currently carrying on the legacy and building unique programs in Atlanta, Austin, and the Bay Area! If you’d like to follow their progress, subscribe to Connect. You’ll also be notified when we share opportunities to participate in Cohort 4 of the Digital Inclusion Fellowship.

Drew Pizzolato
Drew is committed to building pathways to digital access and digital literacy. Through his participation in a series of related projects, from managing a multi-state digital literacy initiative under the BTOP program to researching the ways locally responsive programming shape the digital literacy acquisition process to tutoring clinic patients in a health related technology training project, Drew has been lucky to see first hand the positive impact that learning to use technology can have on adults lives. He believes that as technology becomes increasingly embedded in everyday tasks, the importance of creating opportunities for everyone to have access and training only grows. Drew comes to NTEN from the Literacy, Language and Technology Research group at Portland State University. In past lives he has worked as a line cook and as a seller of cookbooks.