Human-I-T's Detroit Impact

How We're Shrinking the
Digital Divide Throughout Detroit
Block by Block

At Human-I-T, we believe that access to technology is a right, not a privilege. Detroit has the right leadership, a strong community, and engaged corporations and foundations creating a real opportunity for Detroit to become a national leader in digital inclusion. That’s why we’ve spent days, nights, and weekends forging close relationships with community-based organizations here in Detroit and recruiting local business partners in our fight against digital inequity.

The result? Tens of thousands of Detroiters gained access to the digital resources, skills training, and support they need to uncover new opportunities and unlock their full potential. We invite you to explore the map below, find your neighborhood, and see exactly how Human-I-T has shrunk the digital divide in your community.

The digital divide impacts us all, but some people are more at risk of suffering its worst effects than others. By collaborating with community-based organizations and the City’s Office of Digital Inclusion, Human-I-T was able to identify and execute on various opportunities to address the unique challenges to connectivity faced by some of Detroit’s largest populations.

As a result of our collective efforts, we are empowering students with the digital access they need to succeed in and out of the classroom, ensuring seniors could access healthcare, enabling job seekers to apply for jobs and attend employment training with ease, and so much more.

It’s our hope that the product of our tireless work in Detroit proves that the notion of promoting social equity is meaningless unless digital equity is also prioritized.

How We Ensured Every Detroit Student Could Excel In & Out of the Classroom

To give Detroiters the best chance to unlock their potential through education, Human-I-T provided over 51,000 K-12 students with rapid-response technical support to ensure no hardware or software issues prevented them from succeeding in the classroom. Understanding that the digital divide impacts students at all levels of education, we also provided over 7,000 personal computers and tablets to students at Wayne State University. Finally, because individuals need access to the internet to take full advantage of their devices, we distributed nearly 7,000 hotspots to students throughout Detroit.

Empowering Detroiters from All Walks of Life with Digital Access: A Team Effort

In partnership with General Motors, Human-I-T donated 100 laptops to Southwest Solutions, a non-profit organization focused on holistic human development. These devices went to a group of Southwest Solutions’ recipients who come from a variety of backgrounds, including students, veterans, and the elderly. With these devices, these people will be able to leverage Southwest Solutions’ programs more effectively in order to apply for jobs, attend telehealth appointments, get help with school, and more.

Our Challenge to Detroit's Community Leaders to Go Big on Digital Inclusion

Building off our success over the past year, we decided to launch our most ambitious initiative yet: Empowering Digital Detroit: a collaboration between Human-I-T, The City of Detroit’s Office of Digital Inclusion, Connect 313 and the Detroit business community to divert over 500,000 pounds of electronic waste and transform it into digital opportunities for Detroiters by the end of Digital Inclusion Week in October.

Enabling Detroit to Become a National Leader in Digital Inclusion Started at the Top

“The next time you’re upgrading your equipment, don’t throw it out; send it to Human-I-T. You’ll be providing opportunities for a lot of people who deserve it.”

-Mayor of Detroit, Michael Duggan

Want to get involved? Contact us.

To support our mission and help us make an impact in people’s lives, contact us at innovation@human-i-t.org

 

To help provide digital resources to the communities you serve, contact programs@human-i-t.org

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