Encouraging full inclusion in digital society through expanding access to hardware, internet service, technical assistance, and programming for those underrepresented in virtual spaces.
Why this is important:
- Research suggests that lack of access to technology will lead to an increase in the achievement gap between students of color and their white peers (Schneider, 2020).
- As of March, 2020, 1 in 5 households in Allegheny County were without internet at home, and in some areas this number is much higher—with almost 70% of households without broadband (Neighborhood Allies, 2020).
- Digital literacy is needed for 82% of middle-income jobs. These jobs account for 38% of job openings and employees earn 17% more than their non-digitized peers (Neighborhood Allies, 2020).
Drives, Donations, and DIY
Beyond the Laptop PGH: Expand online access, hardware distribution, and digital financial empowerment for Pittsburgh families and students by donating.
Neighborhood Allies. (2020). An Update on Pittsburgh’s Digital Divide Going Beyond the Laptops, from https://mailchi.mp/926301df2d74/an-update-on-pittsburghs-digital-divide-going-beyond-the-laptops-4351506?e=a38c9f8204
Schneider, S. (n.d.). New Research Details Racial, Socioeconomic Inequities During School Shutdown Across Allegheny County. Retrieved September 07, 2020, from https://www.wesa.fm/post/new-research-details-racial-socioeconomic-inequ...