Current events have driven our economy to be
much more reliant on digital connectivity…
BRIDGE THE DIVIDE
…and has illuminated the digital divide between
those that HAVE access to technology and
those that DON’T.
WORKING TOWARDS DIGITAL EQUITY IN ALLEGHENY COUNTY
Digital equity is a condition in which all individuals and communities have the technology and resources necessary for full participation in our society, democracy, and economy.
Beyond the Laptops is an initiative by Neighborhood Allies, in partnership with nonprofits, universities, government entities, foundations, and companies across the city of Pittsburgh, that connects residents with 3 pillars of digital equity:
- Access to affordable, high-speed internet
- Access to hardware and technology
- Access to digital literacy education and empowerment
The Beyond the Laptops program is an essential resource for youth and families. Through this initiative, we have connected 30 youth and adults to laptop computers, affordable WIFI options and free technology help services. This program has created an equitable pathway for neighbors to access digital academic tools, employment responsibilities/opportunities and vital social service resources.
–Nadine Masagara-Taylor, Executive Director of The Corner
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BEYOND THE LAPTOPS UPDATES
Beyond the Laptops' computer refurbishment partner Computer Reach was a tremendous ally in our race to get devices into community hands. Their incredible team and a dedicated volunteer army worked nonstop for a month to launch a historic effort to refurbish 1200+...
Communities are the final judges of equity-based programming. As the Beyond the Laptops campaign continues to its next stages, it is important to reflect on community needs and stakeholder feedback. The original Beyond the Laptops campaign goal was to connect...
Digital skills have been increasingly in demand in the workplace, even prior to COVID-19. Beyond laptops and connectivity, one of our major goals is to advance workers’ digital skills so they can thrive in future-proof careers, earning liveable wages. Skill...