The Centri Tech Foundation awards more than $195,000 in innovation grants to digital equity organizations in five US cities.

“Universal and equitable access to the digital economy is critical to achieving progress,” he said. Laura Muller-Supart, Program Director at Centri Tech Foundation. “While there have been great strides in digital access, adoption, and affordability, the opportunity now is to build on this work toward a digital ‘fourth a,'” Progresswhich aims to promote a truly inclusive digital economy.”

Pilot digital integration programs represent a variety of approaches and approaches to promoting digital advancement and cover a range of cities. According to Census Bureau surveys, 2.9 times more urban residents face severe digital access gaps than rural residents. From partnering with local public housing authorities in Greater Boston Scope for affordable broadband network deployment along with digital skills training and employment opportunities, to model the second generation of a digital skills learning program for families in Washington DCExperimental Digital Integration Pioneers are addressing a range of challenges facing cities to bridge this gap.

“Historic federal investments in broadband and digital equity create an opportunity for communities to resolve digital access in real and lasting ways,” he said. Marta UrquillaAnd President, Centri Tech. “We are inspired by the national momentum towards digital justice and are proud to collaborate with these organizations to build a sustainable and inclusive economic future.”

The five inaugural donors for the 2022 Digital Integrator Pilot Program include:

  • Fair Internet InitiativeAnd Detroit, Michigan
  • ExCITe centerAnd Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • LIFT-NYAnd Bronx, New York
  • Urban Planning CouncilAnd Boston, Massachusetts
  • return byteAnd Washington DC

Grantees will participate in a six-month group trial and peer exchange facilitated by the Counter-Terrorism Fund.

The pilot program will be evaluated in partnership with doctor. Colin RainsmithD., director of the Center for Digital Equity Research and a senior fellow at the Benton Institute for Broadband and Society. The results of the qualitative assessment will be published in a report at the end of the pilot period in fall 2022. The report will highlight replicable and scalable program models for greater digital advancement in cities across the country.

If you would like to interview the Centri Tech Foundation or any of the scholarship recipients, please contact Connie Jones At (850) 519-2912.

More information about the organizations and their pilot programs is available below:

Fair Internet Initiative Detroit
works with Detroit Communities to build neighborhood-governed community wireless networks, train residents to be digital stewards, craft pathways for local workforces, and support the sustainability of these networks by promoting access, consent, safety, and resilience.

“This generous award will support us in exponentially growing and developing our digital Steward community, enhancing their technical skills, and establishing sustainable employment pathways and opportunities, Janice Gates, director of the Fair Internet Initiative for the Detroit Community Project. “We look forward to advancing digital stewardship and sharing community technology practices at home Detroit alive.”

ExCITe centerAnd Philadelphia
Expands ExCITe Center’s digital equity programming services in West Philadelphia With a Digital Navigator Manager from within the community who will work alongside a local public computer lab to provide free digital skills training and mentorship to local residents.

“This new position will provide hands-on digital skills and technical assistance needed by community members and community-based organizations that use the Dorncif Center. This award is a significant contribution that will help Drexel University in achieving our digital equality goals” Andrew Stutzmanproject manager at ExCITe.

LIFT-NY, New York City
Digital access and continuous learning are permanently integrated into LIFT’s economic mobility training model and, as a result, support the more than 500 parents in the LIFT-NY network toward sustainable career paths of up to 2,000 individuals while improving digital access tools and resources over time. .

“Funding from the Centri Tech Foundation is a pivotal step toward supporting LIFT-NY parents in accessing economic mobility,” Xiumara Roman, CEO, LIFT-NY. “This investment will help advance our training model by ensuring that digital access, literacy and opportunity are deeply integrated into our service delivery.”

Urban Planning Council, Boston
Piloting digital skills programming as part of a series of digital access projects for residents of 420 public housing units in Boston The area in cooperation with the local community and government organizations.

“MAPC is excited to work in collaboration with the Centri Tech Foundation to pilot a digital skills and internet adoption program for public housing residents in Gateway cities in our region,” said the Executive Director of the Capital District Planning Council. Mark Driesen. “Not only do people need access to WIFI and digital devices – they also need the skills to use digital equipment with confidence and navigate the Internet safely and effectively. The pilot will help residents of our area navigate everyday tasks such as job search and homework, access online resources, and more. and digital communication. We are very excited to get started!”

return byteAnd Washington DC
Presents a two-generation digital skills training demo for primary home adult caregivers and their families at Martha’s Table in Washington DC With technical assistance from Urban Alliance A trained network of local high school interns.

“With the funds from this award, we can finally launch a new and innovative digital literacy training program that serves adults and their children, and helps us bridge the digital divide today and tomorrow. We are also very excited to be partnering with two amazing community partners – Martha’s Table and Urban Alliance Who will provide more talent and resources to ensure the success of this program? Mark Riveradirector of LatinX affairs at Byte Back.

About Centri Tech
The Centri Tech Foundation (CTF), along with a network of community development partners, strives to connect low-income Americans with high-quality connectivity at home and digital workforce opportunities in the community. We believe digital advancement is a civil right. To achieve a sustainable future, where everyone can achieve their aspirations and thrive, requires an inclusive digital economy. Learn more through centritechfdn.org And follow centritechfdn on social media.

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