FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 2, 2020,
These community-based organizations supply California’s demand for connectivity during and post COVID-19
San Bernardino, Calif. — Arbitrary student assistance and unlawful eligibility requirements exclude hundreds of thousands of community college students, including veterans and students, protected statuses during COVID-19 remote working orders nationally, while many drops out due to lack of computing devices at home, the UNDA Digital taskforce is aiding local school districts moving to breach the gap in demand of computer power in Los Angeles and San Bernardino County’ school districts.
UNDA Digital, a charitable organization, based in Los Angeles, has developed a task force to implement digital literacy toolkits designed to increase digital literacy among under-served people of all ages in West Lake, an incorporated section of Los Angeles County located by historic MacArthur Park.
The initiative is rolling out of digital literacy training programs run by staff from UNDA Digital and will be open to all adults in the community, not just students.
UNDA Creative said the impact digital literacy has on so many areas of life – from using the internet, or being able to use online banking, to receiving a quality education, and securing employment – has made digital literacy essential for all Californians.
According to the Pew Research Center’ 2016 Census of Population and Housing, nearly half of the minority households in the remote United States have no access to the Internet at home, “resulting in increasingly low digital literacy rates among Native Americans, Latinos, and African Americans, and the elderly.”
“Unfortunately, there is a persistently widening digital divide in The United States, particularly among people of color, with the problem compounded by the rapid rate of technological advancements,” Program Supervisor, Mrs. Rebecca Mendoza said.
“As the United States becomes increasingly digitized, it’s crucial that our nation’s most under-served people have equal opportunities to participate in education and employment.”
The digital literacy training programs are focused on providing a basic understanding of Microsoft Office, teaching participants how to use Team, Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint Online, and a range of other Microsoft business programs, including OneNote.
UNDA Chief Financial Officer, Andy Chavez stated that partner community college campuses have a mission to support reconciliation and “therefore have an important role to play in overcoming the challenges that many under-served communities in accessing and using digital technologies.”
“Students in the unincorporated parts of Los Angeles are geographically disadvantaged and digital literacy is a critical component of any effort to bring about educational equity to digital orphans in this region,” Mr. Chavez said.
The initiative is anticipated to run 24 times in 2020, with training courses running up to eight hours, starting at a beginner’s level, and then advancing to more intermediate concepts.
The first digital literacy-training program is expected to be held early next year.
“UNDA Digital recognized a need to implement basic IT training; a lot of services – Medicare, the 2020census.gov, coveredca.com, undadigital.org even the grants program for Californians – they’re all online,” Mr. Chavez added.
“We’re on the verge of putting millions of Americans at a further disadvantage because of a lack of technical knowledge.”
UNDA Digital Movement strives for excellence in digital causes and believes the full potential of our ever-evolving digital lives can only happen when a culture of digital competence, cybersecurity, and privacy is the foundation of Free-flowing content, multiple methods, and platforms for communication, trustworthy commerce, widely available and highly reliable connectivity. Founded in 2018, the public strategic agency is a 501 IRS compliant non-profit organization established in the state of California and rooted in Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties serving the Latino, African American, Native American, and people with disabilities communities connect to the real network on the web.