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Happy April from the Kansas City Coalition for Digital Inclusion!

Vision: Every citizen and household in the Kansas City metropolitan area has access to the Internet, the equipment needed to use it and the skills needed to take advantage.

 

Mission: To facilitate collaboration among organizations and initiatives working to bridge the digital divide in order maximize the resources for the greatest impact.

Here's What's Happening...

Upcoming Meeting Info:

Date: Friday, May 7, 2021
Time: 10:30 a.m. - noon
Zoomhttps://kclibrary.zoom.us/j/97172340443?pwd=OHNaVno2aGFFWXFpWXkvK3RRYjBjUT09
Meeting ID: 971 7234 0443
Passcode: KCCDI2021
Facebook Livehttps://www.facebook.com/groups/1222247814485020/
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You Might've Missed...

Recording of the April gathering of the Kansas City Coalition for Digital Inclusion


What We Covered:

The Emergency Broadband Benefit

Outreach Working Group

  • The Coalition is coordinating an EBB Outreach Working Group. If you would like to join, please email: LindseyPulse@kclibrary.org
  • Please familiarize yourself with the FCC's Consumer FAQ
KC Digital Equity Workplan 2021
  • Please share your projects and partnerships here
ICYMI: Connect This! Episode 8 - The Emergency Broadband Benefit
  • Angela Siefer, NDIA, joined hosts Christopher Mitchell and Travis Carter to talk all things EBB, including potential challenges. Watch the episode here
Become an Outreach Partner with the FCC

The FCC is mobilizing people and organizations to help share important consumer information about the Emergency Broadband Benefit. To participate, fill out the form on this page.

News and Events

Digital Inclusion As A Social Determinant Of Health

  • Check out this research article published in NPJ Digital Medicine highlighting "some less visible dimensions of the digital divide" and offering suggestions on how health care systems can promote digital inclusion
     
National Service Recognition Day - April 6, 2021
  • Show your support for AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps Seniors on National Service Recognition Day
  • Visit this page for more info


New AmeriCorps VISTA Position Open

  • The KC Library Tech Access Volunteer Program Developer VISTA will work closely with the Tech Access Coordinator and team to revive and redesign the Tech Coach volunteer program, especially in response to the coronavirus pandemic
  • Apply here

EveryoneOn Is Looking For Digital Skills Instructors
  • Instructors will teach low-income adults 18-65 remotely, with limited to no prior computer training, to effectively use a computer and complete basic internet tasks. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. 
  • Apply here

It's Not Too Late To Add Your Info!

Missouri Broadband Resource Rail Signup Form

Missouri is home to a wealth of organizations, programs and people working to support broadband expansion and utilization across the state. Please complete the form below ASAP to share information about what you are working on.

It will take no more than 5 minutes!

 
Resource Rail Survey

Member Spotlight

See what our members are doing around the community!
 
April 2021:

Rachel Ohlhausen
Program Operations Manager
Jewish Family Services of Greater Kansas City

 

What Do You Do?
My work revolves around making Kansas City a great place to live and age well. As the Program Operations Manager for Jewish Family Services, I get to live out my passion through supervising a team implementing older adult transportation (JET Express) and older adult home maintenance (Help@Home). Our team also coordinates the agency-wide intake and referral for JFS services.  

Who Do You Serve?
JFS serves all community members, regardless of age, race, religion, gender identity, etc. We serve the Jackson and Johnson County area around Kansas City. Our older adult programs are specifically for individuals aged 60+.

Any Accomplishments You'd Like to Share?
Through the last year, I am proud of our older adult technology pilot, Tech Connect. The goal was to provide internet and tablets to older adults who had either never had access before, or who didn’t have the financial means to keep up to date with technology. It was obvious that digital access to services like banking, doctor's appointments, and ordering food was a barrier for many to stay safe in the pandemic. We developed a program with lessons and learning cohorts and have graduated 5 groups of learners (both English and Russian speaking). This project was initially something that I struggled with. Teaching individuals how to use the internet and new technology can be time consuming – not because older adults are harder to teach – but because setting up internet is so individualized, because we are doing this all remote, because we were building and testing parts of the program as we went, etc. At this point, I’m so proud of the progress we’ve made and the infrastructure we have built. Our team is prepared, our lessons are planned, and we have a client portal where participants can watch and re-watch their lessons. Moving forward, we have a strong foundation on which we can build. Digital infrastructure is a necessary piece of living and aging well – I’m hopeful that our community will continue the investment in this infrastructure even after the pandemic is past.

Finally

Our next meeting is May 7, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. We look forward to hearing and seeing you all then!  If you have any questions, contact:
 
Digital Inclusion
digitalinclusion@kclibrary.org
 
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