ABOUT BEYOND THE LAPTOPS
Beyond the Laptops began in Spring 2020 as a response to the COVID-19 lockdown. Remote learning shined a spotlight on the existing digital divide in Allegheny County as tens of thousands of students in our community did not have access to the devices or connectivity required to successfully participate in their classes. In response, Neighborhood Allies, along with a coalition of nonprofits, universities, government, foundations, and corporations, worked to refurbish and distribute 1,200 laptops and provide connectivity to every disconnected Pittsburgh Public School family.
Since then, Beyond the Laptops has grown to encompass Neighborhood Allies’ digital inclusion and digital equity efforts, which have included:
- LevelUp412: STEM/STEAM education and career development from elementary school to adults.
- Workforce Development
ABOUT NEIGHBORHOOD ALLIES
As a solutions-oriented community development nonprofit, Neighborhood Allies makes and supports neighborhood-based investments that seed ideas, help transform vulnerable neighborhoods, and identify scalable ways to create positive social impact. The digital divide in our region is the type of need that requires forward-thinking, innovative support that is synergistic with Neighborhood Allies’ mission and values.