Northeast Ohio Nonprofits Helping Close the Digital Divide

Molly Kocour Boyle – President, AT&T Ohio
September 19, 2022
Community Impact

Northeast Ohio Nonprofits Helping Close the Digital Divide

As students focus on the new school year, several Northeast Ohio nonprofits are poised to help them reach their academic and career goals thanks to grants from the AT&T Foundation.

The Effective Leadership Academy, Girl Scouts of North East Ohio and Open Doors Academy have each received $10,000 AT&T Foundation grants to support programs assisting students in Greater Cleveland’s underserved communities. What’s more, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio received a $20,000 AT&T Foundation grant to support programs for students in Cuyahoga, Erie, Lorain and Summit counties.

The Effective Leadership Academy is using their grant to continue the Chamber Leadership Academy program, connecting Northeast Ohio high school students with local businesses that highlight science, technology, engineering and math careers. The AT&T Foundation grant will be used by Girl Scouts of North East Ohio to support a cybersecurity program teaching students online safety skills. Meanwhile, Open Doors Academy will focus their grant funds on after-school enrichment programs that extend students’ access to technology and the internet. And at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio, the AT&T Foundation grant supports Academic Achievement programs including assistance to help students overcome the homework gap – the difficulties students face in completing homework when they lack home internet access.

A common theme among these programs is closing the digital divide – the gap between those who have the benefit of using online resources and those who don’t. These Northeast Ohio organizations will offer new opportunities to students impacted by the digital divide – providing tutoring, homework help, digital connections, special training and, above all, raising the bar and inspiring students to reach new goals.

Learn more about our latest efforts to connect more students this school year here.