NTEN Digital Inclusion Fellowship Project


The Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) has an interesting request out for "City Host" organizations that, if successful, would get a digital inclusion staff member who NTEN would pay for, for one year. Applications are accepted from community organizations in these cities:

  • Atlanta, GA – 2 City Hosts
  • Charlotte, NC – 1 City Host
  • Kansas City, MO/KS – 1 City Host
  • Portland, OR – 2 CIty Hosts
  • Salt Lake City, UT – 2 City Hosts
  • San Antonio, TX – 3 City Hosts
  • San Francisco, CA – 2 City Hosts

City Hosts are nonprofit organizations based in and serving communities in the participating city list (below). They are responsible for managing and supporting a Fellow, including direct staff supervision, organizational integration and coordination, and providing funds for the project budget. All City Hosts are also responsible for maintaining communication with NTEN on program goals, administration, and Fellow progress. Funding to cover the employee salary and benefits, as well as a match on the required project funding, is provided to the City Hosts from NTEN.

Note that the criteria for a City Host includes Adult Literacy organizations as one of their four core mission areas.

We are specifically recruiting applications from organizations that meet the following criteria.

  • Mission Alignment: The next cohort of the Fellowship will focus on City Hosts that serve adults and have one of the following core mission areas.

    • Adult Literacy
    • Libraries
    • Digital Inclusion
    • Public or Affordable Housing
  • Leadership: City Hosts should be interested in a position of leadership in their local community and beyond around issues of digital inclusion.
  • Community: City Hosts should already be connected to adults in key demographics through existing direct service or location in digitally divided areas, and operate in target geographies.
  • Management: The management and support that the City Host provides to the Fellow is key to their effectiveness and to the impact that can be made in one year. We are looking for organizations with a clear plan for positioning the Fellow for success.
  • Collaboration: City Hosts will be expected to collaborate (share lessons and knowledge, communicate about progress and challenges, serve as peers) with other City Hosts, in the same city and across the program. We are looking for organizations who have demonstrated success collaborating with others.

For information about applying go to http://www.nten.org/community/dif/apply/

David J. Rosen





David and Technology group members: the role of the City Host can greatly improve the “delivery system” of adult education, and perhaps there is a way to serve the needs of the rural areas Leecy mentions. When we speak of how technology can be integrated into adult education, we also need to review what courses are available and can be accessed by any adult literacy agency. Please keep in mind that community centers offering classes cover a wide variety of subjects.

Here are a few that I have used or become familiar with:

  1. Literacy in First or Home languages
  2. ESL – bilingual and English Only
  3. Foreign Languages
  4. Citizenship
  5. GED
  6. Typing
  7. Driver’s license preparation
  8. Accounting
  9. English literacy for children
  10. Performing arts
  11. Cooking
  12. Health issues
  13. Nursing
  14. Teaching English as a Second Language
  15. Exercise
  16. ????? and etc.

With the above a Community College – Community based NGO, adult education network can be established that would help to coordinate and supplement each other’s efforts in a cooperative manner that would benefit all.

Technology changes things in an adult education course. More people can be served, and, more importantly, people can more easily do “homework” so that learning is speeded up.

The City Host or Liaison role should be created in every county so that we can also address the question Leecy raised concerning how the US can improve its literacy programs in a national way.