ConnectHome celebrates first anniversary providing US communities with digital literacy skills and access to broadband

ConnectHome is a pilot program organized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) with the support of the Everyone On non-governmental organization. The main objective of this initiative is to address barriers to broadband access and high speed internet while providing US residents with training in digital literacy.

In July 2016, Connect Home celebrated its first anniversary reaching the goal of supporting more than 1.5 million children throughout the year. The results were achieved with the coordination of efforts between Internet Service Providers, nonprofits and the private sector that provided households with broadband access, technical training, digital literacy programs and devices for assisted housing units in 28 communities. Some of the main partners involved are CenturyLink, GitHub, College Board, Best Buy, Sprint and American Library Association, among others.

As part of the anniversary celebration, EveryoneOn, GitHub and Kano hosted the #ConnectHome Kids Can Code! Program with 50 middle and high school students at the Best Buy Teen Tech Center in Washington D.C. The curriculum for this training included assembling devices and a brief history of computer innovation.

 

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