Digital Inclusion Fellowship
at Literacy Kansas City
We are excited to announce that Literacy Kansas City has been selected as a participant for Google Fiber’s first-ever Digital Inclusion Fellowship. As one of two organizations chosen in Kansas City to participate, we are looking forward to taking on the challenge of narrowing the digital divide in our community. Check out an article on the Kansas City Star about the program.
Up to this point, we’ve been focused on improving adult basic education; including helping our students learn how to read and showing them basic digital life skills. However, we want to do more to help our students connect to the web. Through the Digital Inclusion Fellowship, we plan to investigate which digital skills our students are most interested in learning, and then create new & unique classes to serve those needs.
Our fellow will help increase digital literacy in the Kansas City community by conducting valuable research through focus groups, which will help us determine which new classes — for example “How to use a smartphone” — we need to add to our curriculum. Our fellow will also recruit, train and oversee new volunteers who will teach Digital Life Skills classes at Literacy Kansas City and at our partner sites throughout the community.
We’re looking forward to working with Google Fiber and NTEN over the next year, and can’t wait to see how our fellow helps shape our digital inclusion efforts for years to come.
Now Accepting Applications
Are you passionate about helping underserved communities in Kansas City? Do you believe access to the internet is important to the daily lives of our residents? Do you want to be part of a national community of digital inclusion advocates? If so, apply to be our fellow at www.nten.org/community/dif.
Big News: LKC Named
2015 UMB Big Bash Beneficiary
We are thrilled to announce that UMB Big Bash has selected Literacy Kansas City as one of their 2015 charity partners! This annual benefit concert has committed nearly $375,000 to local non-profit agencies since 2011. As a beneficiary we have the opportunity to share how our new Impact Initiative and Family Reading Program are improving our communities – reaching more people in the metro area with both reading and digital literacy instruction, and move toward our vision of literacy for all. Check back for the announcement of this year’s headlining artist and more details about the event. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 3 on axs.com – get yours before they sell out!
Trivia Night at the Kansas City Club
Get your brains ready for Trivia Night to benefit Literacy Kansas City! For just $25, enjoy unlimited beer & wine and a great night of trivia. An optional $10 dinner will be available at 6:30 p.m. Trivia starts promptly at 7:00 p.m. Bring a team (maximum of 8 preferred), or join up at the event. The only rules – Don’t use your phone, and have fun!
Thursday, May 21
Trivia Start Time: 7:00 p.m.
The Kansas City Club, 918 Baltimore Avenue
Parking: Library lot at 10th & Baltimore ($2), or street parking
Pay at the door only, no RSVPs. Cash and credit card accepted.
Second Annual Gourmet Dinner:
Midnight in Paris
Join us for an elegant evening on the streets of Paris, hosted and organized by volunteers at Country Club Congregational United Church of Christ in Brookside. An elegant multi-course gourmet dinner will be prepared by Chef Bret Habiger, of Kansas City’s Room 39. All proceeds from the evening’s festivities benefit Literacy Kansas City.
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