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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

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

Plan Phase


Impacts

PlanScape Impacts :

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

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

DMC Impacts:

Community Health Impacts:


Collaborators

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

Lead Organization: Rochester Area Nonprofit Consortium

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


Related Projects

Collider Inclusion Open Entrepreneur Ecosystem Navigator ; Cradle to Career ; 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

 

 

 

Technology Enablement Related Events => LINK


 

 


Key Beam Reports on:

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

January 14, 2021: 2021 - 2023 Community Health Improvement Plan

Coalition of Community Health Improvement (CHIP) releasing 2021-2023 health improvement plan. 

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January 01, 2021: 2020 Targeted Business, Workforce Participation Reports

2020-12-11 Report; 2020-11-02 October Report; 2020-09-30 September Report 

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December 10, 2020: Co-designing of Discovery Walk Concept

Summary of Co-design of Discovery Walk and Codify the co-design process. 

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November 19, 2020: Mental Health Well-being During COVID

MN Children's Cabinet Info and Info shared by April Sutor, Family Service Rochester: MDH Shared Resources: Check out MDH websites for resources on mental well-being during COVID. Sites may be updated frequently.

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November 14, 2020: MicroSoft Office 365 Cloud Usage Enablement (OpenBeam's Learning Journey)

From the beginning to now, it was a painful and revealing story to learn about the power, complexity and the potential of MS Office 365. 

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October 30, 2020: The Village Community Garden & Learning Center a recipient of the 2020 PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation grant

 Congratulation to the Village Community Garden & Learning Center being named a recipient of the 2020 PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation grant. 

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September 22, 2020: Intercultural Cities Initiative (ICI) Major Milestone

(1) City Council approved ICI Resolution (2) City Council Study Session on ICI Index  

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May 05, 2020: Nonprofit COVID-19 Response Structure and Social Determinants of Health

(1) Consortium resources have been temporary redirected to cross-sector COVID-19 response planning in the Rochester are. Please contact Brooke with questions. 

(2) System approach for Social Determinants of Health

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April 25, 2020: COVID-19 Survey and Resource List

In the last month we have seen an influx of challenges and barriers affecting our API communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the challenges we are hearing from our communities is the closure of schools and the implementation of distance learning.

 As of this current school year, Asian American students make up 6.9% of students enrolled in Minnesota. In the last month, we have heard that language access, technology challenges, and financial burdens have presented barriers not only for students to be successful in the classroom, but also for parents who wish to be involved in their children’s education. This has led our communities to face unique barriers to full and equal participation in learning and instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 In response to this issue, the Council has created a community survey to identify ongoing barriers experienced by API families during distance learning. The purpose of this survey is to collect data collect to inform the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) on areas for improvement and best practices with API students during the distance learning period.

 With this in mind, we ask for your participation in helping us to widely distribute this survey to community members to ensure that their voices are heard by MDE officials. The survey will be open for community response between Monday, April 27th – Friday, May 8th. 

 During this time of COVID-19, we understand that many organizations have limited capacity, and greatly appreciate any support you can provide in getting this survey out to families.  Our simple ask to you is your help in sending out the survey to community members using email and social media. If you can make this small commitment, please confirm by responding to this email. Once we receive your confirmation we will follow-up with language templates and guidance to send out the surveys. Thank you all and we all wish your loved ones well.

 Please if you have any questions you can contact me, or our Research Assistant Daniel Yang, at daniel.y.yang@state.mn.us.

 Sincerely,

 Anjuli Cameron 

 Anjuli Mishra Cameron, M.S. | Research Director

Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans | 658 Cedar Street, Suite 160 | St. Paul, Minnesota 55155

(651) 757-1742 |  (507) 649-1157 | anjuli.cameron@state.mn.us |mn.gov/capm

 

 

 

Looking for additional resources during the COVID-19 outbreak? 


 

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April 22, 2020: TPT Census 2020 Videos In Multiple Languages

TPT videos to help dispel myths about the census and to help the community see why filling out the census is critical we have created videos in Somali, Hmong, Spanish, and English. 

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Last modified by support on 2020/10/08
Created by support on 2020/06/30

 

 

 

Site Information
Beam
  • For the commercial sector, we tend to register startup activities (new companies and new commercial projects) that bring diversification and high-impact opportunities to the area.
  • For the non-profit sector, we wish to shine light on all the organizations and services that otherwise labor under relative obscurity.
  • Our hope is that dmcbeam.org will encourage cross-sector collaborations and creative solutions.

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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