Our Goal: Help those who benefit most:

Misconceptions and misinformation about technology are rampant.

We are using the technology, but many of us lack understanding of how it works in terms of:

  • What information stays and what is deleted.
  • Privacy and personal security measures
  • What can be accessed by others.
  • How your digital behavior follows you.
  • Developing and distinguishing between personal and professional channels and how they interact.

Underserved Communities, Low Income and Displaced Workers

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According to a Pew Research report, the people most at risk of having a lack of access or understanding of technology are often based on the following factors:

  • Education
  • Income
  • Race
  • Age
  • Community Type
  • Disability and Language Preference

The advancement of technology has the power to either further socioeconomic gaps, or to heal them. We believe that technology and media literacy has the potential to reduce poverty, create equity, and level the educational playing field. By providing access to and understanding of technology we can help individuals and communities:

  • Identify and access resources to meet basic needs
  • Create educational equity and opportunity
  • Identify transition opportunities for adolescents and young adults
  • Help displaced or low-income workers find new opportunities
  • Foster positive community interactions    

Misconceptions and misinformation about technology are rampant.

We are using the technology, but many of us lack understanding of how it works in terms of:

  • What information stays and what is deleted.
  • Privacy and personal security measures
  • What can be accessed by others.
  • How your digital behavior follows you.
  • Developing and distinguishing between personal and professional channels and how they interact.

 

Youth and Young Adults

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Digital Training for the

Next Generation

Those most underserved are always most at risk in terms of digital readiness: 200,000 Pittsburgh Youth are considered low income.

Young people are growing up with more technology in their lives, and at younger ages, than ever before. Yet very few receive training on important topics like:

  • Common technology terms and symbols
  • How to protect your identity online
  • Cyberbullying prevention
  • Social media psychology and safety
  • How to find resources online
  • Creating your online persona or "brand"

 

Daily Users

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Transforming Users into

Digitally Savvy Surfers

Only 17% of the population is Digitally Prepared

Smartphones, tablets, and computers are a part of daily life for many of us. Social media isn't just common, its almost expected in modern life. But how many of us REALLY know how these devices work? Our lives, our personal information is out there, but few of us are trained in the technology that plays such a heavy role in our lives.

Think of it like driving a car.  Every time you get in a car, or on a bus, or any other form of transportation, you put yourself at risk. But to drive, you have to obtain a license. You have to know about the machine, the technology, you will be using. You learn the rules of the road and are prepared for what to do in case of emergency.

Incarcerated and Re-entry Services

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Isolated from the fast pace of technological advancement, former offenders must be caught up in order to successfully reintegrate into society. Digital skills such as coding and entrepreneurialism are some of the best employment options available for former offenders. 

By providing digital life skills and technology training we can help them to be successful and mitigate their challenges. Concerns include: 

  • Difficulty relating to people who don’t understand their experience.
  • Difficulty joining or creating a community.
  • Difficulty providing basic necessities for themselves.
  • Difficulty preparing to enter the workforce.
  • Difficulty returning to a job.
  • Difficulty adjusting to a new pace of life.
  • Difficulty with structure.

 

Organizations and Businesses

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The Multiplier Effect:

Companies and community groups need an understanding from three different perspectives. Taking a holistic view of their digital presence helps companies and groups of all sizes to be better aware and more effective. We provide training and member certification programs to ensure you do right by your employees, customers, the health of your business. Helping businesses and organizations grow and THRIVE multiplies the effect we have on the community!

Digital Bridges helps organizations:

  • Train employees on how to effectively engage with and use technology. (Without embarrassing themselves or the company!)
  • Educate their customers or clients on best practices for technology use in line with their brand/product. We provide training to your constituents and help you grow your program. We can help you create your own technology program or bring our curriculum to yours!
  • Evaluate their use of technology, data, and social media, its impact, and how to sensibly grow via technology. Our background in business and consulting has never been more valuable.