Women’s Resource Center and Goodwill Partner on Digital Equity Pilot Program

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SRQ DAILY MONDAY BUSINESS EDITION MONDAY JUL 27, 2020

Having appropriate technology and internet access is vital for obtaining information and job-seeking; in our community, many low-income adults and students are at a disadvantage because they lack the tools or sufficient access to the internet. Goodwill Manasota and the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) have come together to meet this high-priority need, launching a pilot program that provides devices, internet service, technology support, and digital skills training to low-income women in the region.

“The digital divide is particularly relevant at a time when in-person interactions among people are limited and virtual interactions are vital,” said WRC president & CEO Ashley Brown. Goodwill Manasota president and CEO Bob Rosinsky added, “Our goal in this effort is to ensure that all individuals have affordable, reliable, high-speed internet and the devices and skills to effectively navigate the digital world.”

The pilot stage will engage up to 10 low-income women referred by and already receiving services from the partner organizations. The clients will create individualized development plans with a Goodwill GoodPartner Coach and WRC Mentor (or Career Coach), who will work as a team to support the clients throughout the training process. WRC will provide the digital device, local nonprofit Sarasota Technologies User Group (STUG) is donating 10 Microsoft Office licenses, and a Goodwill computer instructor will develop a customized computer training plan that the participants will complete on their new devices.

Pictured: Jamara James is a participant in the digital equity pilot program, which is being presented by Women's Resource Center and Goodwill Manasota.

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