Digital Equity & Skills Resources

Digital Equity Resources

Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)

What is the Affordable Connectivity Program?

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) is a U.S. government program that helps many low-income households pay for broadband service and internet-connected devices.

How do you qualify?

If your income is below 200% of the poverty line or if you receive a government benefit like SNAP, Medicaid, SSI, WIC, Pell Grant, or Free and Reduced-Price Lunch.

What could you receive?

Up to a $30 discount on internet service and a discount on a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer.

You can find all the details and check to see if you qualify, apply and find a company near you on the webpage, https://www.affordableconnectivity.gov/.

This resource would be super to include in a welcome packet, bulletin board, and communication like newsletters. They have all the community resources like flyers, brochures, and social media graphics you may need at

www.affordableconnectivity.gov/community-resources/.

About the ACP Outreach Grant 

  • Purpose: To promote and increase participation in ACP among eligible households. It will fund targeted outreach to low-income households to gauge existing levels of ACP awareness and promote increased awareness of and participation in the program.
  • Eligible Expenses: Application assistance, digital campaigns, outreach materials, mail, supplies, paid media campaigns, and more.
  • Grant Size: $50,000 – $1 million
  • Application Deadline: January 9, 2023
  • Award Date: March 10, 2023 (estimated)

Digital Skills Resources

WIN Learning (WIN) helps school districts, community colleges, adult education programs, corrections, workforce development, and business and industry organizations ensure all learners and job seekers have the skills to be successful in their path to career readiness. WIN’s Personalized Career Readiness System provides learners and job seekers with the tools necessary to prepare them for the future, whether it’s college, a trade school, the military, or the workplace.

Techboomers.com A free educational website that teaches older adults and inexperienced internet users with basic computer skills in websites. Provides many articles and tutorials on 21st-century online platforms, tools, and social media.  Lessons are available in English. Great for learning both how to use computers, tablets, and smartphones, as well as specific apps and websites, and how to engage in online culture. Lessons are holistic, providing guidance from downloading to deleting apps.

DigitalLearn.org A “one-stop shop” for computer and technology training for computer basics, hardware, software, applications, and basic job search resources. Resources include facilitator support for utilizing the courses and designing your own. Lessons are available in English and Spanish. Great for self-guided learners and self-paced community learning. Great for visual learners with lower literacy skills.

GCFLearnFree.org  Website with free resources and tools for learners to acquire necessary skills for 21st-century life. From Microsoft Office and email to reading and math, the site provides more than 180 topics, with more than 2,000 lessons, 800+ videos, and 55+ interactives and games.   Lessons are available in English and Spanish. Great for self-guided learners who may require a little more extensive training and assistance to guide their digital literacy journey. Requires basic literacy skills.

Mozilla Foundation Free and open source tools and resources for facilitators to lead sessions on how to read, write, and participate on the web. Materials range from web literacy basics to coding, protecting your data, and more. Recommendations for facilitation and community engagement are also included.
The curriculum and courses are available in English. Great for facilitators looking to build and expand their in-person or virtual group sessions.

Google for Education, Applied Digital Skills   Well-organized curriculum for teachers, covering over 1,000 topics. This platform offers an opportunity to integrate lessons into pre-existing Google Classrooms or to teach directly through the program. Courses include a specific course on teaching this program. Self-guided learners can also jump in and follow self-guided classes.
Courses are offered in English. Great for community members who require a platform and a curriculum to teach digital literacy and community members who hope to ramp up personal digital skills.

Grow with Google  This digital skills service combines free, self-paced career skills courses, and low-cost career certifications in a simple, browser-based portal. The program also offers partnership opportunities for libraries that include facilitated classes, outreach support, and opportunities for community members to participate in various digital skill building.

Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment This resource’s digital skills assessment portion is free of cost. Still, for a subscription fee, a data portal can be created to collect data on community members’ needs and provide access to curricula that can assist in instruction. Assessment and curricula are currently only offered in English. Excellent for assisting community members in determining where they should begin their digital skills journey.

Digital Inclusion

Digital Inclusion Toolkit by New York State Library

A toolkit that provides lots of information on Digital Inclusion, Digital inclusion services are the programs, actions, and services developed and sustained
to assist community members in gaining access to appropriate devices, sustainable broadband, digital skill building, and developing long-term digital skills. This toolkit is broken up into different categories addressing major barriers to digital inclusion, with recommended knowledge-creation tools throughout. Chapters addressing digital skills and literacy, include “Auditing Your Current Digital Skills Offerings,” “Digital Navigators” and “Planning Your Digital
Skills Training Strategy.” Areas covering access to devices and the internet are covered in “Access to Internet Capable Devices” and “Access to Broadband,” as well as sections of “Defining Your Community’s Needs.”(a resource for this page).