Help us Support our Students Overcome the "Digital Divide"
Krystil is one of our Adult Literacy students (pictured above in a Digital Literacy classroom). She is one of 882,000 adults in Chicago who reads below a 4th grade reading level. Krystil loved coming to our Adult Literacy reading, writing, math, and Digital Literacy classes before Chicago issued social distancing orders. Learning from home is difficult for Krystil because of her low reading level, but luckily she is one of the few students who has a computer at home. Thanks to her teachers who took the time to help her, Krystil has managed to join online classes. Her joy at seeing her classmates in her first class equaled her joy of being back in class.
Most of our students in Adult Literacy classes do not have access to computers or tablets with internet capabilities. Some have cell phones that are government issued and without access to the internet. Sadly these students can not attend the online classes or tutoring sessions we offer.
Even more devastating is that they are unable to connect with their friends and family. Not being able to attend classes or communicate with the world around them severely isolates these students in a very stressful time. In addition, not being able to read, or write means many of them are not aware of help that they may be eligible for - because they would have to apply online.
The money we raise will go to promoting digital access and literacy for all of our students. Thank you for your contribution!