Digital Connectors is a nationally renowned program created by One Economy Corporation that provides technology training and mentoring for young people, ages 14-21. The program offers youth a chance to expand 21st century technology skills, develop professional life skills, and serve their communities. The City of Raleigh provides the Digital Connectors training program for Raleigh youth.
In an innovative technology room at the Saint Monica Teen Center, Digital Connectors learn skills in Twelve Core Competencies:
- Leadership & Diversity
- Personal Development
- Workforce Development
- Financial Literacy
- Community Mapping
- Digital Literacy
- Hardware and Networks
- Software and Programming
- Media Production and Civic Journalism
- Environment and Sustainability
- Service and Global Engagement
- Teaching and Facilitation
Digital Connectors serve as ambassadors teaching their families, friends and neighbors to take advantage of the digital economy. Digital Connectors practice real world job skills while serving their community. Each Digital Connector commits to 56 hours of community service.
Digital Connectors serve their community by:
- Performing community changing service projects
- Assisting underserved communities by teaching basic computer skills
- Training community members on computers and the Internet
- Promoting technology in the community
Digital Connectors receive long-lasting benefits by:
- Increasing their computer and Internet knowledge
- Gaining skills to succeed in high school, college, and the workforce
- Becoming certified in Ever-Fi financial literacy
- Becoming young leaders in the community
- HAVING FUN!
Through a Broadband Technology Opportunities grant, One Economy provided $78,000 to train 59 Digital Connectors in Raleigh through June 2012. Longer term the City of Raleigh intends to sustain the program through strategic partnerships and offer expanded levels of digital readiness, including Cisco Essentials training and certification.