DURHAM, NC, Feb. 1, 2022 – Kramden Institute has been selected as part of a 10-city project led by AT&T and Digitunity to provide more than 2,000 refurbished computers and technology support over the next two years to students and families across the Triangle area of North Carolina.
This project aims to help bridge the digital divide in the Triangle area by providing underserved residents with digital resources and skills training needed for online learning success. Many students across the U.S.are affected by the digital divide and struggle to participate in online learning opportunities because of unreliable internet access, lack of computers, or poor digital literacy skills. This project will help students engage in today’s digital learning environment.
Kramden Institute was selected by Digitunity to provide device refurbishment services, digital literacy training, and technical support. In the last 90 days, close to 150 families in the greater Triangle area benefited from receiving a donated computer from Kramden Institute through this project.
”Kramden Institute is thrilled to have this opportunity to partner with AT&T and Digitunity to promote digital equity in our community,” said Cari DelMariani, director of programs, Kramden Institute.“Through our collaboration, we will provide much-needed computers and hands-on digital training to help make a difference in the lives of families most in need.”
This project is part of AT&T’s $2 billion commitment to bridge the digital divide from 2021 to 2024 through efforts that promote broadband affordability, accessibility and safe adoption. Digitunity will create alliances among device refurbishing organizations, local nonprofits, and businesses to acquire previously used computers that will be refurbished into like-new devices and distributed to underserved students affected by the digital divide.
“Our commitment to narrowing the digital divide includes ensuring that today’s students have both the connectivity and the devices critical to success,” said Trey Rabon, president, AT&T North Carolina. “Through our work with Digitunity and Kramden Institute, we can help thousands of underserved students and their families in Durham get access to free computers and training resources that are vital for online learning success.”
“Device ownership is foundational to digital equity, and technology reuse is a direct and logical answer to the pervasive challenge of the technology gap.” stated Karisa Tashjian, director of programs, Digitunity. “Nonprofit technology refurbishers are critical players in their communities for providing people-centered, integrated service delivery systems that equip students and their families with the digital tools and support they need, both today and in the future.”
For more information on how local nonprofits, businesses, and community leaders can get involved, please contact Karisa Tashjian, Director of Programs, https://links.digitunity.org/10-city-contact-us.