Helping Bridge the Digital Divide in Minnesota

Paul Weirtz, AT&T Minnesota State President
November 11, 2022
Community Impact


Helping Bridge the Digital Divide in Minnesota

Millions of students across the U.S. are affected by the digital divide and do not have reliable internet or a computer at home to complete their homework, including many students in need in Minnesota.

At AT&T, we’re laser-focused on expanding our efforts to help bridge the digital divide. In Minnesota, we’re working with nonprofit organizations across the state to keep this work going.

The AT&T Foundation has granted $78,000 to six nonprofits throughout Minnesota to help local youth with limited access to connectivity, computers and digital skills needed to succeed. We are proud to support the work of the following organizations that are helping to close the digital divide for those in need:

Austin Aspires
In Austin, a $15,000 AT&T Foundation grant is supporting Austin Aspires’ A.L.O.T. (Aspires Leaders of Tomorrow) program. Through the program, a Digital Navigator is housed within Austin High School as a support to help students overcome technology challenges and provide technology access, training and resources.

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland
In Duluth, $15,000 from the AT&T Foundation is supporting the Club’s Academic Success programs, which offer computer and digital literacy resources and academic programs for youth. The Club provides students in need access to devices, high-speed internet and computer software programs to build new academic and digital skills and complete homework.

  • To read more – NBC/ABC: Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northland get $15K donation to address digital divide

Boys and Girls Club Northland

Hmong American Partnership
In St. Paul, the Hmong American Partnership (HAP) is supporting academic programs, financial literacy and digital skills training for Hmong youth with $15,000 from the AT&T Foundation. HAP’s Youth Job Skills program provides services to support youth career pathways and help bridge the digital divide for Hmong youth in need.

FamilyMeans
A $3,000 AT&T Foundation grant to FamilyMeans is helping support digital literacy skills, homework help and career planning for teens who attend the Cimarron Youth Center in Lake Elmo. Through the Ready To Be program, FamilyMeans is working to spark an interest in STEM careers, improve digital literacy and provide access to technology for Cimarron youth.

FamilyMeans Donation

YWCA Mankato
The YWCA Mankato is helping bridge the digital divide for girls in need with a $15,000 AT&T Foundation grant. Through the Girls Inc. program, young girls who may not have a device or internet at home receive help with college applications, career aptitude tests, digital literacy skills, internet safety training and homework help to prepare them for success after high school.

Workforce Development, Inc. (Rochester)
And in Rochester, Workforce Development, Inc. is supporting online IT and work readiness training for underserved youth and young adults with a $15,000 AT&T Foundation grant. The nonprofit is working to bridge digital divide gaps by providing digital learning resources and skills and job training programs to prepare underserved individuals for employment.

  • To read more – KIMT CBS: AT&T awards grant to “Close the Digital Divide”

 

AT&T is proud to support Minnesota nonprofits working to help bridge the digital divide.

To learn more about how we are meeting people where they are to help bridge the digital divide, take a look at our company wide campaign.