Detroit has the right leadership in government, strong community ties, and socially-minded corporations and foundations that all share one common goal: make Detroit a real, national leader in digital inclusion.
That’s why we’ve spent countless days, nights, and weekends forging close relationships with community-based organizations and local business partners to empower tens of thousands of Detroiters with the digital resources, skills training, and support they need to uncover new opportunities and unlock their full potential.
We invite you to scroll below and explore how Human-I-T has shrunk the digital divide throughout Detroit.
How Human-I-T is shrinking Detroit's digital divide
We're ensuring every Detroit student can excel in & out of the classroom
Between 2020 and 2021, 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 school during the pandemic. 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.
We're empowering Detroiters from all walks of life with digital access
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. Click the play button on the side to see how these people were able to take advantage of their devices and Southwest Solutions’ programs to apply for jobs, attend telehealth appointments, get help with school, and more.
We're challenging Detroit's leaders to go big on digital inclusion
Building off our success in 2020, we decided to launch what was our most ambitious initiative yet in 2021: 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 that saw us divert nearly 500,000 pounds of electronic waste and transform it into digital opportunities for over 1,000 Detroiters by the end of Digital Inclusion Week in October 2021.
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.”
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