ELIMINATE THE DIGITAL DIVIDE

Eliminate the Digital Divide

by | Sep 12, 2017 | Eliminate the Digital Divide

A student in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools works with his new laptop.

Eliminate the Digital Divide (E2D) is a non-profit agency that was founded in 2013 due to two simple questions that an enlightened 12-year-old girl asked her parents:

1.How can all kids in our school do their homework and projects successfully if some of their families are too poor to own digital technology?

  1. What are we doing about it?

The Millen-Keeley Family decided that the digital divide between those who have computers at home and those who do not was a social inequity, and one that they resolved to address. The digital divide that limits access to essential tools for economically disadvantaged students and their families does exist in our community. Today, these tools–laptop computers, digital broadband, and digital literacy–are increasingly essential for students and professionals. They affect grades and test scores, increase students’ chances of graduating, and can ultimately lead to more and higher paying job opportunities.

Since 2013, E2D’s Mission has been to ensure that all students have affordable access to essential at-home technology and digital literacy training to support academic success and prepare them for college, careers, and beyond.

As satisfying as it is to say that E2D has closed the digital gap for over 3,500 families, E2D knows that the solutions required to provide the essential home-based digital tools for ALL remaining students in Charlotte totals at least another 24,000 student homes. E2D is committed to working with community partners to build and scale the most effective organization that can equip all remaining students with the educational tools that will make them successful in the classroom and prosper, ultimately, throughout the rest of their lives.

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