According to National 4-H, more than 20 million people living in the U.S. lack broadband access, an essential service in today’s economy. Inequitable access to reliable Internet connectivity and a lack of digital skills are contributing to a growing opportunity gap in areas like education, employment, healthcare, social fulfillment and entrepreneurship, with rural communities and communities of color being most affected.
These teen leaders – 4-H Tech Changemakers – explore the impact of the digital divide in their communities, learn high value digital skills, and provide adults in underserved populations with the tools to find additional opportunities for employment through expanded access to digital skills training. Washington 4-H Tech Changemakers have impacted hundreds of adults and other learners in their efforts to support digital literacy, digital equity, tech adoption, and promoting tribal or rural broadband.
To become a 4-H Tech Changemaker, contact your local Extension office for more information.
4-H Tech Changemakers puts teens at the forefront of increasing digital inclusion in their communities through collaboration with corporate partners, local elected officials, nonprofits, educators and businesses.