The transition to online learning in the spring of 2020 brought a problem to light that many had not considered. The digital divide. The digital divide refers to the uneven access to and use of technology between social groups. For young girls in our community, this shows up in daily life as a lack of reliable internet, a lack of reliable hardware (computer or tablet), and lower rates of digital fluency among girls and families- placing yet another barrier to success in front of many Girls Inc. girls.
At Girls Inc. of Metro Denver, we understand that in order for each girl to feel strong, smart, and bold, they must have the tools required to overcome any barriers to success they may face.
To support our girls and families during this challenging time, Girls Inc. of Metro Denver launched an on-site Learning Community this fall. GIMD’s in-person Learning Community provides technology and a safe environment where girls receive academic support to meet the demands of their online learning during the school day.
"The learning communities have helped me because at home I get distracted by the TV or kids playing outside but here I can focus."
In addition, Girls Inc. supports at-home academic needs of girls and families by providing:
- Laptops and Chromebooks to girls for at home-learning.
- Necessary accessories for effective learning, such as headphones, chargers, and more.
- Wi-Fi boosters to ensure reliable access to online classes.
- Supporting internet costs and providing mobile hot spots to bridge at home internet access gaps.
The Covid-19 pandemic highlighted the widening technology gap and its impact on equitable access to quality education. Together, we can bridge this gap, so that all girls can have a stronger, smarter, bold future.
Make a gift today to the Girls Inc. of Metro Denver Tech4Girls Fund.