ATLANTA , GA– November 30, 2016– Six Atlanta area churches have been selected as City Hosts for the Digital Inclusion Fellowship, a program sponsored by NTEN, Google, Google Fiber and others to improve digital literacy among digitally divided communities.
The churches — Big Bethel AME Church, Friendship Baptist Church, Greater Turner Chapel AME Church, Impact United Methodist Church, Cascade UMC and Cornerstone Community Baptist Church — will be matched with emerging leaders in the technology industry to deliver training for individuals in their communities and develop infrastructure that will connect more people to the Internet.
“The faith-based community has a big role to play in growing digital literacy, and this is certainly the case in the African-American community. By bringing the Digital Inclusion Fellows into local church communities we believe we can play a role in helping bridge the digital divide here in in Atlanta, all the time learning how we can make a greater impact nationwide,” said Chris Genteel from Google Diversity & Inclusion.
“From finding jobs to managing your healthcare or seeking social security information, people now more than ever require digital skills and access,” NTEN Senior Digital Inclusion Manager Leana Mayzlina said.
“As the community centers for some of the most digitally excluded communities in the U.S., churches are uniquely positioned to provide digital literacy training and resources to their members and broader community,” Mayzlina said.
This will be the third cohort and the second year for the Digital Inclusion Fellowship, which is a program of NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network, in partnership with Google, Google Fiber, Values Partnerships, Capital One, PUSHTECH 2020, and FaithTech 2020.
As of its inception in 2015, the Digital Inclusion Fellowship has trained an average of 550 participants per month and provided over 1,000 computer lab hours per month to people who previously had little access to computers or the internet.
The program will also include churches from Austin, Texas, and the Bay Area in California. City Hosts will be matched with local Fellows by early 2017 and they will work together for one year on digital inclusion projects. Applications are open now for seasoned community advocates who want to help bridge the digital divide by becoming Fellows.
Images of previous participants are available: www.bit.ly/DIFmediapics