Google Digital Inclusion Fellowship Applications Now Open

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA — Google is opening applications for the second year of its Digital Inclusion Fellowship, which was introduced last year, according to Andrew Bentley, Google Fiber's digital inclusion program manager. The Fellowship pairs fellows with community organizations to help build digital inclusion programs in Google Fiber cities.

In partnership with the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN), 22 fellowship positions are now available in community-based organizations across eleven cities, including three new cities: Portland, Oreg., San Antonio, Texas, and San Francisco, Calif. Much like Google's ConnectHome commitment and affordable broadband offering, this fellowship is a long-term investment in the cities it works with. As the lead sponsor, Google Fiber will again contribute more than $1 million to help administer the fellowship. Google's current fellows have reached thousands of people lacking Internet access, trained hundreds of volunteers, and received positive feedback from community members.

As it expands the fellowship into its second year, Google is sharpening the focus on digital literacy. Participants will work on digital literacy projects, and help to train adults on a variety of computer skills. Some fellows will work on expanding their hosts’ current digital literacy courses, or building new programs with community partners. In addition to organizations that specialize in digital inclusion, fellows will also be hosted by libraries, adult literacy organizations and organizations that provide affordable housing. And, like last year, all fellows will attend a week-long orientation program, where they’ll be trained on digital literacy best practices and work to develop leadership skills.
Digital Inclusion Fellowship Applications will be accepted through May 13, 2016.

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