GRANT #405:

Bridging The Digital Divide in Harlem

06/29/2020
If You Can Read This, You Can Do Something To Stop Inequality & Racism, Yes, YOU.

The first thing you can do is get the facts about the ways we are failing our children (and this is no shade on your homeschool skillz). Systemic racism and inequality is on display during COVID-19 times, as we can literally see the differences in the home environments of Zoom students. That is, if a child has internet access at home, and so very many do not. This means they’re missing out on the opportunity to study, learn, engage, and prepare during the course of this pandemic.

The Brotherhood Sister Sol program serves the young people of Harlem, whose schools are closed, whose part-time jobs have ended, whose family members have been disrupted in so many ways. Their in-person programming had to stop during the lockdown, but a quick pivot to online programs include a summer leadership experience, college advisory time, an environmental program, as well as other support services.

Perhaps the most important kind of support being offered is the kind that bridges the digital divide caused by lack of computers and internet access.

This Awesome Without Borders grant will go toward the purchase of Chromebooks that will be provided to young people who don’t have any other way to stay connected to their educational opportunities and their community.

We promise you, if you look, you’ll discover there are organizations, schools, and young people wherever you live who could use this kind of help in bridging the tech gap.

Anything you could do would be awesome. Keep up to date with Brotherhood Sister Sol on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!