AT&T, Digitunity and Jersey City Housing Authority Collaborate to Provide Digital Literacy Workshops for Jersey City Residents

Arvind Swamy, Regional Director, AT&T External Affairs in New Jersey
April 5, 2023
Community Impact, Innovation and Technology, Internet Protection

AT&T, Digitunity and Jersey City Housing Authority Collaborate to Provide Digital Literacy Workshops for Jersey City Residents

Free digital literacy workshops provided by AT&T*, Digitunity and the Jersey City Housing Authority (JCHA) are helping Jersey City residents of low-income households gain skills and confidence to participate fully, safely and responsibly in today’s digital world.

The workshop series is part of AT&T’s collaboration with the Public Library Association (PLA). The latest workshops were held at the TJ Stewart Apartments on March 23, the second in a series of events made available through this collaboration. The first was held on February 15 at JCHA’s Berry Gardens development.

Families most impacted by the digital divide need more than just accessible and affordable connectivity.  To truly thrive, it’s important that we also provide digital literacy resources that teach the skills that students and families need to support online learning and complete other basic tasks. Together with the Jersey City Housing Authority and Digitunity, we’re proud to offer online courses and free workshops to help learners advance those very skills.

Why is this important?

According to the U.S. Department of Education1, about 16 percent of U.S. adults are not digitally literate. In addition, about 40% of disconnected students face significant adoption barriers including insufficient digital literacy skills, according to a report from Common Sense Media.To help close the digital divide, it’s important that families have accessible and affordable internet connectivity, but equally as important is that they have the digital literacy skills needed to use and benefit from the internet.

“Tackling an issue as broad as digital literacy is no easy feat.  But we strongly believe that on-the-ground, individualized support is the best way to make a difference for our most vulnerable local families. These digital literacy community workshops supported by AT&T create much-needed space for hands-on, digital learning opportunities.” – Stephen Cea, Interim Executive Director, Jersey City Housing Authority

Here’s how it works.

These workshops allow participants to select from a range of video courses on basic digital literacy skills, including using email, accessing a web browser, remembering passwords, and cybersecurity. To support all types of learners, sessions incorporated presentations and handouts, as well as student activities facilitated by AT&T volunteers and community organizers.

For those unable to attend community workshops, and for learners seeking to continue building their skills, AT&T has created a curated series of free, self-paced digital literacy courses in collaboration with PLA that is accessible online for learners everywhere. Here, people can advance their digital literacy skills through guided instruction, animated demonstrations and hands-on learning in English or Spanish.


1 Source: U.S. Department of Education

2Source: Common Sense Media