NYC Connected Foundations

NYC Connected Foundations is an $8.5 million program funded by a broadband stimulus grant from the US Department of Commerce and administered by NYC’s Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) and Department of Education (DOE). The program is being implemented across NYC’s transfer high schools, which are small, academically-rigorous, full-time high schools designed to re-engage students who are behind in high school or have dropped out.

The primary goal of NYC Connected Foundations is to increase access to and purposeful use of high-speed Internet resources among NYC transfer school students and their families. Through this work, NYC Connected Foundations aims to raise student achievement so that more students graduate from high school and are prepared for postsecondary success, as well as to increase broadband adoption in low-income communities.

Digital Literacies and DIG/IT

More than 5,000 transfer school students from nearly 50 schools will enroll in “Digital Literacies,” an innovative, credit-bearing technology course focused on digital literacy and college and career readiness. The course resides in a social and fun community learning space DIG/IT (“dig it”) where students learn about digital citizenship as they Live, Learn, Earn, and Play online and get ready for college and careers with relevant, in-demand skills. Participating teachers will receive support and professional development from Teaching Matters, Inc.

Digital Literacies and DIG/IT were created by the NYC Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Readiness and LearningTimes, with contributions from Common Sense Media, the New York State Department of Labor, and others.

Broadband Adoption

Upon successful completion of the course, participating students receive a free computer from Computers for Youth and become eligible to purchase discounted broadband service for their home. Connected Foundations’ combination of the course, technology, training and other services will bridge the digital divide in the home, increase parental involvement and enable virtual learning at home and blended instruction in the classroom to achieve the program’s educational and broadband adoption goals.


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