Digital Inclusion

Signature Events

Computers are everywhere today. We use them to shop, bank, pay bills, keep in touch, find jobs, and watch our favorite shows. In this day and age computers and access to the internet are essential to functioning in society. For many having a computer and home internet are still luxuries they can't afford. This gap between the amount of computers in society and their absence in many low-income homes is called the digital divide.

Digital Inclusion at United Way of Utah County is dedicated to closing the digital divide. 

We strive to make Utah County digitally inclusive in three areas: 1. Access to technology; 2. Access to the internet; 3. Knowledge and literacy for using the technology.

Programs

Computer Help Labs

The Computer Help Labs are available to help anyone increase their computer skills. Patrons of the labs have learned to use email, social media, create resumes in Word, and budgets in Excel, among many other things. There are currently two locations for the Computer Help Lab, one at the Provo Library that takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-5 PM, and one at the Pleasant Grove Library that runs on Wednesdays from 10 AM - 12 PM.

 Adopt-a-Computer

The Adopt-a-Computer program is here to give computer access to those who wouldn't be able to afford it other ways. Low-income adults can receive computers by completing 10 hours of time at one of the Computer Help Labs. The computers given come from donations and are wiped and cleaned before being given out. Donate a computer now.

ReLaunch

ReLaunch is a program for women who have been out of the workforce and are trying to reenter it at a time when computers play a major role in getting a job. The class focuses on using technology to find a job through things like writing resumes and cover letters, using LinkedIn, and other online job resources. For more information or to register contact  or 801-691-5375.

Digital Inclusion Week

Digital Inclusion Week (link to https://www.digitalinclusion.org/diw/) is a nationwide event about promoting digital equity. At United Way of Utah County we are participating in Digital Inclusion Week through the following events below. You can also participate by sharing your computer skills with others and posting about it on social media with #ProvoGotSkills for a chance to win a prize from one of the following local businesses: Good Thyme, Google Fiber, Sodalicious, Roll With It, The Cupcake Fairy, Provo Rec Center, Provo Beach Resort, Mountainland Technology, Big Leap, J-Dawgs, Sub Zero Ice Cream, Velour, Chip, and Good Move Cafe.

Events

Senior Center Kick-off Event
Teach a skill / Learn a skill kickoff. Laptops and Chromebooks will be at the Senior Center as we kick-off Digital Inclusion Week by sharing technology with Provo's Seniors.
Tuesday, May 8th from 11 AM-1 PM at the Senior Center
320 W 500 N, Provo, UT 84601 (East entrance)

Mountainland Head Start STEM Family Night
Head Start promotes school readiness for children and self-sufficiency for families in need through quality comprehensive services and community partnerships. At this STEM night there will be booths with fun STEM related activities.
Wednesday, May 9th from 5-7 PM at the Provo Rec Center
320 W 500 N, Provo, UT 84601

Change the World: The Magic of Working in Tech
Teens, join us and a special guest from Google Fiber who will be speaking about working at Google, the tech industry, start-ups, and how we can use technology to help others. There will be tech demonstrations, prizes, and an opportunity to participate in National Digital Inclusion Week 2018.
Thursday, May 10th from 6:30-8 PM
550 North University Avenue, Provo, UT 84601