The Equitable Internet Initiative will accelerate outreach, training and wireless broadband Internet sharing on the neighborhood level in Detroit. The programâ€™s mission is to ensure that more Detroit residents have the ability to leverage online access and digital technology for social and economic development.
The goals of this initiative are to:
Increase Internet access through the distribution of shared Gigabit Internet connections in three underserved neighborhoods
Increase Internet adoption through a Digital Stewards training program that prepares residents of those same neighborhoods with the skills necessary to bring their communities online
Increase pathways for youth into the opportunities of Detroitâ€™s burgeoning Innovation District through intermediate and advanced digital literacy trainings
The Equitable Internet Initiative consists of two training programs to meet this challenge/opportunity: Digital Stewards Training and Next Generation Gigabit App Development. The Digital Stewards program trains neighborhood leaders in the technical and community organizing skills necessary to redistribute Gigabit Internet connections and bring their communities online. The Next Gen Apps program will train high school and middle school youth in web development skills for the Gigabit environment.
The Equitable Internet Initiative is a collaboration between:
Detroit Community Technology Project (DCTP)
Allied Media Projects (AMP)
Grace in Action Collectives
WNUC Community Radio
Church of the Messiahâ€™s Boulevard Harambee Program