NTEN recruits and trains emerging community leaders in digitally-divided communities.

Fellows are seasoned community advocates…

They are excited about helping more people in their city learn how to use the web, and they have the expertise to build programs that are tailored to their community’s specific needs.

…whom we pair with local community organizations.

NTEN pairs each Fellow with a community-based organization striving to increase its digital literacy efforts and programs. NTEN will pay for the Fellow to work full-time at their host organization for an entire year, and will also provide matching grants to help organizations fund these new programs.

Fellows are formally trained as one national cohort.

We bring these Fellows together for a week-long orientation and training session with digital inclusion experts. During this training, they will also have the chance to get to know the other Fellows; then, throughout the year, they’ll share best practices and collaborate across their cities.

Fellows build digital literacy programs to meet the unique needs of their community.

Since there’s no one solution to the digital divide, Fellows approach the problem with a super-local focus. They figure out what digital literacy needs their communities have and build unique classes, programs, and resources to address those needs. Fellows and organizations build sustainable, effective digital literacy programs that can act as the foundation for long-term digital inclusion efforts in their community.

Program Partners

NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network aspires to a world where all nonprofit organizations use technology skillfully and confidently to meet community needs and fulfill their missions. We connect our members to each other, provide professional development opportunities, educate our constituency on issues of technology use in nonprofits, and spearhead groundbreaking research, advocacy, and education on technology issues affecting our entire community.

Values Partnerships is a socially oriented consulting firm that helps foundations, nonprofit organizations and private companies partner with faith-based, ethnic and other grassroots influencers to achieve measurable results and expand the common good. We work with churches around the country to amplify their voices and expand their impact on some of the country’s most pressing challenges, and work with a range of clients and partners to launch new projects, solve big problems and create positive change in local communities.

The Google Diversity Markets team is apart of the global Diversity team at Google and seeks to bridge the digital divide. The team works to make technology more accessible to people from all backgrounds and experiences.

Capital One seeks to empower more Americans to succeed in an ever-changing digitally-driven economy. Capital One collaborates with leading educational and community organizations across the country to address areas of critical need that impact the nation’s current and future ability to grow and prosper in the digital age.

Google Fiber believes in making the internet faster, better and improving access in Google Fiber cities. In order to achieve this goal, it supports programs and partners that focus on community, technology, and the internet. Google Fiber and NTEN worked closely to conceptualize and coordinate the Digital Inclusion Fellowship program. Learn more about Google Fiber’s digital inclusion programs.

PUSHTECH 2020 is the leading digital technology platform of the Rainbow Push Coalition which creates strategies, programs and partnerships to help “move the needle” on diversity and inclusion in the technology industry. Push Tech 2020 has initiated the facilitation of tech companies increasing minority participation within their companies by encouraging and assisting them in setting goals, targets and timetables regarding diversity and inclusion on their Boards, their c-suite leadership and their general employee base. Pushtech has also been the catalyst of a direct and ongoing movement of companies investing in the technology ecosystem from the student level to startups, colleges to the community, small businesses and specialized tech programs.

FaithTech 2020 Project is connecting the faith community with schools, service providers, community based organizations, the business community, and the home, while ensuring that Urban America is included in the ever-evolving world of technology and its opportunities, advantages and impact. In addition, the FaithTech 2020 program integrates technology directly within faith-based meeting places through the establishment of Tech Labs particularly within underserved areas that can provide needed access for youth, seniors, job seekers, entrepreneurs and community members as a means to bridge the digital divide.

If you’re interested in being a partner in the Digital Inclusion Fellowship and would like to learn more about funding a project, contact NTEN CEO, Amy Sample Ward.