AREAS OF IMPACT
The Three Pillars of Digital Inclusion
HARDWARE ACCESS: laptops and desktop computers enable people to perform all required digital functions for life and work, including homework, job applications, and specialized skills like coding.
DIGITAL CONNECTIVITY: high speed and reliable access to internet must facilitate consistent access to streaming and daily functions.
EDUCATION + EMPOWERMENT for daily use and integration: Digital literacy is a learned skill; starting with fundamentals like typing and integration into digital services like banking and communication, individuals may progress into more specialized skills that feed into workforce opportunities, like VR/AR, AI, coding, and more.
Nadine Masagara-Taylor, Executive Director of The Corner
We were able to partner with The Pittsburgh Penguins and DuoLingo to gather 35 laptops that they had in their offices and were not in use but we knew that would just be a drop in the bucket compared to what was need.
We were so happy to see Computer Reach and Neighborhood Allies partnering to get many more computers into these homes and we knew that we could get some into the hands of waiting families. We started a survey in March to assess the needs of families and last week, we had 182 families on our list. Thanks to Neighborhood Allies and Computer reach 50 of those families will receive laptops.”
Tammy Thompson, Executive Director of CIRCLES Greater Pittsburgh
(Distribution process was…) quick and simple. Staff was friendly and smooth. Did not have to leave our cars to receive our devices.
Mother of Lincoln students
through skills from their paper based work book. With 50 students to communicate with, students received limited support. Now with 40 of my students beginning to receive laptops, I am able to hold live daily lessons online. We are up to about 20 students logging in consistently to learn. This has allowed me to deliver my lesson to all students at the same time, thus allowing me to spend the rest of my time supporting students on their practice problems and connecting with families. The implementation of the new technology has brought a sense of comfort and excitement to my teaching and my students learning. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!”
Miss Henderson, Pittsburgh Public Schools
University of Pittsburgh Recipient Mother