Youngstown workshop aims to help bridge the digital divide and connect people to the internet
The goal of the Oak Hill Collaborative is to revitalize the neighborhood with the goal of improving the quality of life
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Oak Hill Avenue is a main street on the south side of Youngstown. The goal of the Oak Hill Collaborative is to revitalize the neighborhood with the goal of improving the quality of life.
However, lately the collaboration has decided to connect as many people as possible to the internet.
They were on Saturday again, telling people about a government program that includes internet access and computers.
Oak Hill Collaborative hosted a workshop on the Benefits of Emergency Broadband on Saturday, showing what the benefits are and how they are helping people bridge the digital divide.
“One computer at a time, one happy customer at a time,” said Anthony Hake, CIO at Oak Hill Collaborative.
The workshop on Saturday helped people sign up for $ 50 a month on their Internet service and possibly get hundreds of dollars off a computer thanks to the federal stimulus package.
“The job we’re doing here is to give them a hand and help them get out of that pit and use email, scan their identities and whatever else might be needed,” Hake said.
“We took the initiative to help people go through the process, and we have navigators, you know, people who will sit down with you and go through all the paperwork,” said Pat Kerrigan, executive director. Oak Hill Collaborative.
Kerrigan says low- and middle-income individuals or families can come and subscribe to these benefits.
He says internet access for everyone is crucial these days, especially since almost everything is done online.
“With everyone closed or partially closed, we will never go back to the way we were before, and therefore, we will be relying on the Internet to communicate, do business and enjoy the quality of life. Kerrigan said.
He says these skills are another tool in the toolkit, and the people who come in and get help from their programs are excited to learn.
“I’m really grateful for this opportunity as it could help me a lot,” said Beverly Nemes, a Struthers resident.
Kerrigan hopes more and more people are using this program.