Studies show that 50% of all students are unable to complete their homework assignment because they don’t have access to the internet or a computer, which has created what has become known as the “Digital Divide.” To solve this, two nonprofits are working together to reduce this disparity for an at-risk group — teen mothers.
On Friday, Feb. 10, Florence Crittenton Services and PCs for People partnered to provide 160 teen mothers with refurbished laptops, access to high-speed internet and digital literacy training. See photos of the event on Facebook here. This collaborative effort will help ensure that these teen moms will have the necessary tools to continue learning outside of the classroom. Additionally, students will have access to a mobile hotspot with three months of free internet service provided by Mobile Beacon.
“A recent study indicated that 70% of all teachers assign homework online. By distributing computers and internet access to the young mothers at Florence Crittenton Services, we are closing the digital divide of their more affluent peers, and providing tools for the young women to complete their assignments at home and become productive members of the community,” said Julie Seltz, executive director of PC for People. “The equipment is sourced from companies and institutions that upgrade their computer systems and recycle old equipment.”