The Digital Connectors program was founded on the premise that young people have a natural affinity for technology. The program provides leadership and technology training paired with community service, creating leaders in the workplace and caring stewards of the community. To date, the Digital Connectors program has influenced a generation of leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs.
In 2001, One Economy set out to design a program engaging youth in technology that could be replicated on a national scale. What resulted was the first Digital Connectors program. Five young people from Columbia Heights, in Washington D.C., were trained technology skills, learned about job opportunities, and spread their knowledge to others in the community. Today, more than 6,000 youth have participated in Digital Connectors programs in communities across the country – resulting in hundreds of thousands of residents trained in digital literacy.
The 156-hour Digital Connector curriculum explores twelve core competency areas ranging from personal development to advanced technology skills. Topics covered include Leadership & Diversity, Workforce Development, Financial Literacy, Software & Programming, Media Production & Civic Journalism. Some programs offer specialized components including Cisco curriculum, wireless technology, and gaming production.
Networking and Digital Connector Alumni
When Digital Connectors graduate they become part of a network of young people enrolled in higher education, working in a wide variety of fields and a commitment to improving their communities. One Economy provides a variety of platforms to help alumni stay connected and find opportunities. DigiStaffing is an on-line job-searching tool exclusively geared for graduates of the Digital Connectors program. The Connectors Club is the exclusive social network for current and alumni youth, instructors, volunteers, and corporate partners, where current Connectors blog and post media reflecting on their weekly sessions, events, and community service, then reach out to meet fellow Connectors from all over the country.
- Digital Connectors programs are currently available in 32 cities throughout the United States.
- By year’s end, nearly 6,000 youth will have given more than 200,000 hours of community service, and more than 160,000 will have been trained by Digital Connectors on using the computer and other technical applications, including One Economy’s online resource, the Beehive (www.thebeehive.org).
- 1435 youth are enrolled in DigiStaffing.com to find technology job opportunities
- 2229 youth participate in the Digital Connectors social network, ConnectorsClub.org
The Digital Connectors program is made possible through the support of partners like Comcast, Ever-fi, ComTia, Cisco, CTIA, and members of the Broadband Opportunity Coalition. Comcast is the largest supporter of Digital Connectors programs. Corporate and Community partners not only invest in Digital Connectors programs, but also add mentoring and special site visits to enhance student experiences.
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