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Raleigh Digital Connectors Raleigh Digital Ambassadors

The Digital Inclusion Unit provides community-based opportunities that use technology as a catalyst to foster creativity and improve the quality of life for citizens of Raleigh. Through diverse programs and initiatives, the unit has trained over 3,800 residents in Digital Literacy efforts, provided over 1,000 computers to underserved residents, and collectively completed over 10,000 hours of volunteer service so far.

Raleigh Digital Connectors

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Digital Connectors is a nationally renowned program, provided by the City of Raleigh, that aims to cultivate the next generation of digital equity leaders by providing leadership training and education about digital inclusion to youth 9-12th grade. 

The Raleigh Digital Connectors Program is known for the immense impact that it has on both the city and students within our community here in Raleigh. This year, the program will have two cohorts to allow valuable lessons and skills to reach more students.

  • Spring Cohort: February 13, 2024 - June 14, 2024


More details coming soon; check back with us in October!

Program Details

This volunteer and internship program focuses on Digital Inclusion efforts that help bridge the digital divide. The program goals are to develop an understanding of the digital divide, digital equity, and digital inclusion and apply leadership within the context of digital inclusion.

Program Requirements Program Components  Program Benefits  Applicant Requirements
  • 5 Month Commitment 
  • 20 hours of Service  
  • Attend monthly & in-person meeting
  • Complete 1-2 service events per month
  • Leadership Development 
  • Digital Literacy Trainer Training
  • Stipend 
  • Leadership Development 
  • Enhances Deeper Understanding of the Digital Divide
  • Must be a 9-12 Student
  • Must live in the City of Raleigh

Project Spotlight: Self-Guided Tours and Interactive Maps

The 2020-2021 Raleigh Digital Connectors class collaborated with the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau to create maps that showcase some of Downtown Raleigh's most visited attractions, historic sites, and beautiful parks. Each tour was developed and narrated by Digital Connectors. Attractions, descriptions, audio files, and art direction for the maps were all led by program participants. 

Looking for things to do in Raleigh? View each of the tours here.

Raleigh Digital Ambassadors

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The mission of the Raleigh Digital Ambassadors is to expand and increase digital inclusion services to the City of Raleigh Residents through service-learning and community engagement as a means to address the digital divide. 

Program Goals 

  • To engage in critical reflection through service learning surrounding digital inclusion 
  • To apply leadership skills in a community setting 
  • To demonstrate a deep understanding of the digital divide 
  • To build relationships with community members

Digital Ambassadors must be a graduate of the Raleigh Digital Connectors program and be a 9-12th grade student. More information regarding program components and requirements is coming soon!

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