Our mission is to assist agencies in local communities provide digital inclusion services including equipment, training & broadband connectivity.
Our goals are for Partners Bridging the Digital Divide to:
- Connect partners to each other and to the broader digital inclusion community to increase the knowledge of all.
- Document and share best practices and experiences of partner agencies to have agencies gain from the experience of others.
- Collect links and host training material that otherwise wouldn’t be public so agencies can avoid duplicating work.
- Describe partners’ organizations so others can learn from their experiences and know what questions to ask them.
The digital divide is what separates individuals and communities from the technology and training needed for full participation in our society, democracy and economy.
It is almost impossible to do anything these days without having some computer literacy: applying for a job, taking the GED test, communicating with family. We help by providing resources and information about successful endeavors to bridge the digital divide.
Our primary goals are:
- gather and share information relevant to non-profit refurbishers and technical training agencies regarding programs, processes, and resources.
- encourage initiatives in underserved communities to bridge the digital divide.
- build on existing structures to identify and address needs which aren’t being met.
We provide the following services:
- Maintain and grow this web-site as a forum for sharing of information
- Maintain a directory of organizations with similar missions
- Document, maintain, and publicize best practices
- Raise and provide funding for working together
- Provide mentoring and support for agencies that are just getting started
- Heighten awareness of the digital divide and promote the efforts being made to address it
Our accomplishments include:
- Launching in March, 2015, as an Illinois corporation recognized as a US 501(c)3
- Partnering with thirty-two agencies working to bridge the digital divide. For a full listing, take a look at our partner agencies page.
- Running as a transparent organization, including publication of our monthly board meetings with recognition by GuideStar as a gold level participant.
- Writing experience papers by gathering information from our partner agencies, looking for common themes, and analyzing the results. We wrote our first Anatomy Of Best In Class, in July 2015. We continue to write one or two a year.
- Participation in industry conferences including sharing information gained through attendance. See write-ups from prior conferences in our newsletters.
Our current tasks include:
- Reaching out to existing agencies to develop a relationship, learn what they have to offer, and provide value to those agencies. (Watch our partner agency list grow.)
- Documenting and sharing information about programs, processes, and resources to publicize existing programs, facilitate collaboration and improve the capabilities of each of the member agencies. See our web pages under Training and Initiatives.
- As part of the National Digital Inclusion Alliance, building connections through meetings and conferences like the NDIA Summit in Kansas City in 2016, the 2017 one in St. Paul, Minnesota, and the April 2018 one in Cleveland.
- Regular newsletters informing partner agencies of time-sensitive information of potential value.
- Adding to our partner profiles.
We welcome your input, and look forward to a meaningful future.
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