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Digital Equity IT Infrastructure

Increase access to and effective use of technological devices and programs among communities experiencing barriers in the Rochester area. To do this, we will generate immediate and longer-term solutions related to the following barriers to access: 1) technological devices/hardware with appropriate software installed (computers and tablets); 2) affordable, reliable internet; and 3) culturally appropriate education to support digital literacy.

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Project Information

About the project

Collaborators 

Lead Organization: Rochester Area Nonprofit Consortium

Contact: Brooke Carlson ; Email: TBD ; Phone: TBD

Known/Likely Collaborators: County of Olmsted, MN ; Diversity Council ; Families First (Fomerly: Child Care Resource and Referral) ; IMAA ; OpenBeam ; Rochester Area Foundation ; Rochester Area Nonprofit Consortium ; Rochester Public Library ; Rochester's Adult Literacy Program (Hawthorne Education Center)

Potential Collaborators: Ability Building Center ; Collider Foundation ; ROCHESTER AREA YOUTH TECH FOUNDATION ; Rochester Community & Technical College ; Winona State Rochester


Project Phase (Pre-concept, Concept, Plan, Develop, Available, Archive) 

Concept Phase

Project Type

  Planning; No  


Impacts

PlanScape Impacts :

Level 1: Children & Youth, Computer Literacy, Diversity and Inclusion, Education, Technology Enablement, OpenBeam

Level 2: Education, Education, C2C: Prenatal-K Development, C2C: Kindergarten Readiness, C2C: 3rd Grade Reading, C2C: 8th Grade Math

DMC Impacts:

Community Health Impacts:


Related Projects

Collider Inclusion Open Entrepreneur Ecosystem Navigator ; Commitment to Action for Racial Justice project ; Developing and Executing on Cradle to Career Plan ; Diversity Council Education Equity Plan ; Non-profit Consortium Buildout

 

 

Detailed Description

 

BACKGROUND


Key Program Components:
■ Initial Participants: Immigrant and refugee families or other families receiving public benefits with young children. Quickly expand to older adults as funding is secured through FSR.
■ Centralized Help Desk and Training: To streamline the delivery of tech support as residents build their computer literacy, RPL will be the centralized “help desk” for program participants. RPL will also work with RAFL staff as well as IMAA’s cultural consultants to provide training to partner organization staff to support consistent program delivery.
■ Community ”Hubs”: The hubs, which include RAFL, IMAA, Families First, FSR and 125 Live, will initially be virtual and become physical locations throughout the community. Each will: leverage their trusted relationships to reach people experiencing barriers, manage and loan out devices, ensure recipients are connected to appropriate educational opportunities, and be the first line of tech support for inquiring participants before directing to RPL for additional support.
■ Multiple Internet Solutions: There is an immediate need for creative solutions to increase internet access, such as connecting to existing hotspots or
deploying new ones throughout the community (e.g. County, City, Rochester Public School, and hub buildings). Discussions are already underway regarding longer-term solutions which will require partnerships with internet service or wireless providers, the City, and Rochester Public Utilities

 

Theory of Change

 

 

 

Key Status Reports


Key reports on: Digital Equity IT Infrastructure


August 22, 2021 : Digital Equity IT Infrastructure: Beam Assessment

Beam Assessment



Technology Enablement Related Events => LINK


Key reports on: Digital Equity IT Infrastructure


August 22, 2021 : Digital Equity IT Infrastructure: Beam Assessment

Beam Assessment


Key Beam Reports on:

Children & Youth, Computer Literacy, Diversity and Inclusion, Education, Technology Enablement, OpenBeam  
October 23, 2021: Facing Race 2021 Awards Ceremony

2021 Facing Race Awards Event on TPT 7PM October 24 and other broadcasts schedule. 

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October 23, 2021: Tackling Racism as a Public Health Issue

1. 10/22/2021 Presentation to CMRC;  2. August update posted on Olmsted County website

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October 16, 2021: Adminstration of Rochester's 3.12M award from Minnesota Main Street Economic Revitalization Program

Press Release DMC EDA to administer 3.12M distribution of MN Main Street Economic Revitalization Program.

"Formal grant criteria will be established, including the prioritization of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) participation. DMC will serve as the administrator of the grant."

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October 10, 2021: Commitment to Action for Racial Justice project

September 27 2021, checkpoint meeting with commitment undersigned.  

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October 05, 2021: P-TECH 535

RCTC grand opening and IBM video in support of P-Tech. 

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September 22, 2021: History Center of Olmsted County

Newsletter and article about importance of the history center. 

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September 14, 2021: Olmsted County Health Assessment and Planning Partnership (HAPP)

Status reports: September 2021, March 2021 from CHAP quarterly meetings

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September 10, 2021: Age-Friendly Olmsted County (AFOC) Meetings Log

9/10/2021 message from Dave Beal, August 2021 kickoff and inventory meeting

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September 09, 2021: Racism and the Economy -- Federal Reserve Series

Understanding the implications of structural racism in America's economy. 

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September 02, 2021: Targeted Business Enterprise Utilization Plan 3Q2021

Key info includes: 3Q 2021 News, 2021 Global Mayors Challenge, DMC Discovery Walk Pre-bid 

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August 29, 2021: NAACP, Rochester Chapter Speaker Series

Honesty in Education: A clarification of Critical Race Theory.

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August 27, 2021: Olmsted County Human Rights Commission

Welcoming week information and Police Responses to HRC questions. 

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Last modified by support on 2021/09/05
Created by support on 2020/06/30

 

 

 

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While there are a number of registries in the community, dmcbeam.org's  distinct value is to pilot a database with a data structure and categorizations that answer the questions such as: What organizations or projects/programs in our community that have purported relevance with some of the over-arching focuses put forward by initiatives such as DMC, J2G and Health Improvements?

This database could be used as one of the ways to explore the capacities of the community. If you are someone on an exploratory journey to learn about the greater Rochester community. dmcbeam.org could be an interesting first step.

Definitions
The following defines the various project phases:
  1. Available - a product, program or service is in production
  2. Develop - program or application is being developed
  3. Plan - idea is solid, stakeholders are identified, and there is strong commitment to go forward from all parties.
  4. Concept Phase - idea scoped out with enough details to give an early sizing and/or to build a proof of concept
    demonstration
  5. Pre-concept Phase - an early idea or a requirement.
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