8 groups receive funding to advance digital literacy in Philadelphia  

A coalition of organizations called the Digital Literacy Alliance announced earlier in 2017 the conformation of a seed fund worth $850,000 USD for providing grants to organizations that promote digital literacy in Philadelphia, USA. Last June 7, the first eight projects were selected out of 101 total submissions. Each grant ranged from $10,000 to $25,000 USD.

The coalition, conformed by organizations such as Comcast and Verizon, launched this project to attract creative solutions to provide different neighborhoods and communities with access to digital skills. The winning programs were:

  • Center for literacy: combining in-classroom activities with online courses for students that use English as a second language in the region.
  • Generations On Line: providing interactive tablet training for seniors.
  • Lutheran Settlement House: teaching homeless mothers how to use technology and tools to search for housing, seek for employment and learn about parenting needs.
  • Mighty Writers: journalist online platform to teach students how to validate online information
  • PhillyCam: providing inter-generational fellowships in media literacy courses
  • SEAMAAC/United Communities: opening a technology lab for computer literacy
  • Technology Learning Collaborative: presenting an annual conference and digital literacy training for professionals
  • VietLead: VDigiLab will be a technology center to address digital literacy gap or Vietnamese community

Sources: Newsworks and Generocity