Digital Fellowship Slated For 11 Cities

The Digital Inclusion Fellowship (DIF), a program to increase digital literacy and broadband adoption within communities that are struggling with access to technology, will expand to 22 Fellows this year in 11 cities.

The program by the Nonprofit Technology Network’s (NTEN), in partnership with Google Fiber, will accept applications until May 13 and will begin in July. Interviews may be scheduled on a rolling basis during the application period and Fellows might be selected before applications close.

NTEN will host a community call on April 28 at 2 p.m. Eastern with CEO Amy Sample Ward to provide more information.

To apply, email a cover letter, resume, and two references in the body of your email to FellowApps@nten.org, with the specific organization’s name followed by FELLOW APPLICATION in the subject line. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the Fellowship, your specific interest in working with that particular organization, and your experience working directly with local communities. Candidates can apply for multiple Fellow positions.

The Portland, Ore.-based nonprofit launched its first-ever fellowship last year in partnership with Google Fiber. The program placed 16 Fellows with locally-based nonprofits in eight cities with an aim to increase digital literacy and broadband adoption in “digitally divided communities.” This year’s program also has support from Capital One.

Applications for City Hosts opened in February. Local organizations will host a Fellow for a year, focusing on four core mission areas of adult literacy, digital inclusion, libraries, and public or affordable housing. City Hosts and Fellows will receive support, program guidance, training, and “access to leading practitioners as they develop and implement critical programming locally.”

In the last two months, Fellows in the initial eight cities saw more than 1,000 participants in digital literacy programs and helped to train more than 150 staff and volunteers on the curriculum and programs.

The 2016 City Hosts in the Digital Inclusion Fellowship are:

  • Atlanta, Geo.: Literacy Action and PowerMyLearning
  • Austin, Texas: Austin Free-Net and Skillpoint Alliance
  • Charlotte, N.C.: Charlotte Mecklenburg Housing Partnership and Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
  • Kansas City, Kan./Mo.: Kansas City Public Library and Literacy Kansas City
  • Nashville, Tenn.: Martha O’Bryan Center and Nashville Public Library
  • Portland, Ore.: Free Geek and Multnomah County Library
  • Provo, Utah: United Way of Utah County
  • Raleigh/Durham, N.C.: Kramden Institute and Triangle Literacy Council
  • Salt Lake City, Utah: Salt Lake City Public Library and Utah Nonprofit Housing Corporation
  • San Antonio, Texas: Each One Teach One, San Antonio Housing Authority, and San Antonio Public Library
  • San Francisco, Calif.: Community Technology Network and San Francisco Public Library