The Digital Inclusion Fellowship, now in its fourth year, envisions a world where all people have a computer and internet connection at home that they can use to meet their goals.
The Fellowship builds the capacity of nonprofits to deploy digital literacy programs that are responsive to community needs and in line with the organization’s strategic vision and mission. This model allows Fellows to leverage existing organizational resources, contacts, partners, and community trust, and position digital literacy initiatives sustainably.
With support from NTEN, Fellows are able to pilot and implement programs quickly without needing to reinvent the wheel. By providing training and connections to a national network of experts, the Fellowship program supports local leaders creating and building the most effective programs that best serve their communities.
“Thank you for the opportunity to work with a national cohort on digital inclusion! This year has helped me develop both professionally and academically. Working with NTEN staff, other fellows, and other digital inclusion professionals has helped me to elevate the digital inclusion conversation in my city and create a permanent digital inclusion position in my organization.” —Cohort 2 Fellow
Become a Sponsor
NTEN’s goal is to continue to expand the impact of this program, and we are interested in working with sponsors and partners whose goals align with ours.
The cost of sponsorship is $20,000 per Fellow, which covers everything from educational programs and orientation in Portland to ongoing project planning and program design support, reporting, access to experts, and direct coaching.
Program sponsors can identify the location and number of Fellows to be supported and have opportunities to collaborate with local Fellows, access program outcomes data, and participate in trainings. In addition to sponsoring a Fellow, sponsors can also sponsor aspects of the program such as orientation or monthly trainings. Sponsors will also be recognized on the website, in program publications/materials and media coverage, and at the annual Nonprofit Technology Conference.
If you’d like to learn more about sponsorship, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read on to learn more about program accomplishments, previous sponsors and supporters, and timeline.
Since the program launch in 2015, NTEN has launched four cohorts, for a total of 60 Fellows, who represented 58 organizations and hundreds of diverse partner institutions. Fellows have served communities in over 20 US cities, they have trained over 16,000 individuals on digital literacy skills, and have provided nearly 100,000 instructional hours. While training has been the main focus of the program, Fellows have also expanded access to computer labs, updated and translated curriculum, provided information on options for low cost internet access, distributed devices, and built awareness around the importance of digital inclusion.
Fellows have taken leadership roles in their local communities and on a national scale, shining a light on this important issue. They’ve done everything from organizing local digital inclusion coalitions, to launching the first annual Digital Inclusion Week, and leading local ConnectHome initiatives. Additionally, Fellows have spoken at national conferences, including Net Inclusion and the Nonprofit Technology Conference, where they’ve proven themselves to be digital inclusion experts and leaders.
Throughout the Fellowship, NTEN has worked to highlight the Fellows’ successes and lessons learned through articles and case studies. We’ve also published highlights and data from the second cohort, including powerful success stories, program descriptions, and impact numbers. Additionally, with Fellow and City Host input, NTEN created a Digital Inclusion Toolkit, contributing resources and best practices to the digital inclusion field.
“I am coming to a point where I can see the purpose of my position as a DIF in a deepest and profound way, especially because of the amount of people I have been able to work with and assist during my workshops and presentations to the community. […] Facilitating workshops in technology has been an amazing opportunity for my own development and empowerment through the development and empowerment of others. Thanks for choosing me for this position and believing in my capacities, intentions and willingness to give the best of me everyday as a Digital Inclusion Fellow.” —Naymar Prikhodko, Austin
Previous Sponsors and Supporters
We are proud of the critical partnerships and incredible sponsors that have contributed and sustained this program.
As a founding partner, Google Fiber has supported this program since its inception.
Sponsorship is accepted on an ongoing basis. Our most recent group of Fellows (Cohort 4) began their year-long commitment in January 2017. We expect our fifth Cohort of Fellows to begin their Fellowship year in the fall of 2018.
“It is an incredible joy to see a student send an email for the first time, a parent checking his/her son’s grades through the parent portals, or that student passing a section of the GED…all because they garnered the support and training to become more digitally literate. We learn that failure can never be an option when success is the goal. That’s how you change the face of literacy.” —DeAndre Pickett, Atlanta