Bridging the Digital Divide
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In today’s world of rapidly changing technologies, access is everything. Yet those who are unable to share in ever-evolving information and communication technologies are at a disadvantage. It’s called the digital divide and positive action is needed to prevent it from widening.
Help Bridge the Digital Divide
That’s why the City of Toronto has launched a series of programs to help lower-income and vulnerable people get access to, and learn about, new technologies. The goal is to provide hardware, software, Internet access and the skills that will open the door to the digital community. The programs below are proving to be very effective and very popular.
As a sponsor, donor or partner, you’ll be investing in a better future for the next generation and the last. Join one of these exciting, successful programs and help bridge the digital divide.
Protech Media Centres
This program provides youth with free access to state-of-the-art technology that allows them to explore such fields as graphic design, flash animation, web design, digital photography and video production. They can also learn Microsoft software, which introduces them to potential careers in new media.
In this program, new connection spaces are created, fitted with computers and Internet access, where young people teach basic computer skills to seniors with low mobility in long-term-care homes. It allows the elderly to connect with family, friends and the digital world.
For many lower-income families, the cost of a computer and Internet service can be prohibitive. This program is for young people who need computers to do homework and learn new computer skills. The computers are located throughout the city in community centres. The goal is to equip under-served youth with the technological skills to succeed in today’s highly competitive job market.