The Microsoft and 4-H Tech Changemakers partnership empowers youth to help close the broadband internet gap. Currently in the U.S. there are 23.4 million people who lack broadband internet access. Access is only half of the problem, feeling secure and knowledgeable enough to adopt and use the technology is the other half. This partnership elevates teens as teachers to provide training and communication to assist adults in their community with increasing their comfort level in utilizing new technology. (National 4-H Council, 2018)
University of Maine 4-H is working in eight counties to recruit local teams of youth and adults interested in bridging the digital gap in their communities. These local Tech Changemaker teams will offer training and support through local workshops where participants can safely explore technology and have their questions answered. Workshops are aimed at adults and are designed to be a broad overview while connecting to existing resources, trainings, and online tools to continue building their digital skills.
These workshops can be tailored to local community needs and will be offered free of charge.
Counties with Tech Changemaker Teams
For more information about the Tech Changemakers program in Maine contact Alisha Targonski at 207.622.7546 or firstname.lastname@example.org.