As an education advocate and Stand supporter, you understand the need for students in Memphis and Shelby County to have equitable access to the tools they need to increase their chances of graduating high school prepared for college or a career. The COVID-19 pandemic has shined a spotlight on the digital divide that exists in our community.
With schools being shuttered for the rest of the school year, learning and maintaining skills at home are the current focus for students and families – but that’s not possible without reliable internet access and electronic devices.
As many as 45% of households across Memphis and Shelby County lack internet access, and many students do not have devices (laptops, tablets, etc.) at home to support their learning. Every day a child goes without internet access is like missing a day of school. They cannot access resources they deserve for learning, and risk falling behind in their studies.
This Giving Tuesday, we are asking our supporters to join us in conquering the digital divide by donating to the YES Fund for COVID Relief. Your donation will help equip students with the devices and internet access they need, connecting them with teachers and with both local and worldwide learning opportunities.
Let’s bridge the digital divide to achieve equitable access and opportunity for our students and families together. Please consider making a donation today.