US San Francisco Bay Area Chapter
Grant Start Date
16 September 2022
Grant End Date
15 March 2024
United States of America
OBJECTIVE OF THE PROJECT
This project focuses on establishing Internet connectivity and growing local Internet-related knowledge and skills in a deeply underserved, rural and agricultural area of Northern California. This project facilitates understanding the gaps and experiences of Internet usage and local needs in a farm and essential worker Latinx community, as well as increases opportunities for technology engagement and education.
WHY IS THIS PROJECT IMPORTANT?
Understanding the Internet usage and needs of farmworkers and essential workers in the Latinx community in an agricultural community on the Pacific Coast allows us to present these findings to elected stakeholders who can drive Federal, State, County, and City broadband investment into rural local communities. An official survey and a compilation of narratives to understand the experiences of the Latinx community help drive sustainable, long-term investment.
Secondly, the project increases technology access through an innovative Internet skill-building program that works closely with Latinx farmworkers to provide workshops, increase educational and health opportunities as well as communicate with remote family members using the Internet, reducing isolation. Increasing access to the Internet and growing this community’s technical skills improves equity and access to opportunities that this community has not been part of.
*The photograph is purely illustrative.
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