Mission

Technology is changing the world. The Digital Literacy Project believes every student deserves equitable access to the creative and intellectual opportunities that accompany this change.

We empower traditionally underserved communities through computer science education.

Summary

DLP empowers communities to connect, create, and engage through equitable access to technical literacy. In Boston, DLP partners with public middle schools to teach a rigorous ten­week introduction to computer science. Internationally, DLP has previously coupled computer donations to low-­income communities with the training and tools needed for those communities to fully leverage the power of technology to transform lives.

Our Motivation

The need to increase American students’ interest in Computer Science and other STEM areas is clear. STEM-related areas offer opportunities for exciting and rewarding career paths; the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 21% growth in job opportunities related to software development by 2028. Technology industry leaders point to low levels of student interest in computer science as a serious concern. Increasing student interest in STEM will broaden their horizons and open innumerable doors of opportunity.

Middle school computer science courses will expose students to a dynamic and engaging STEM field, helping them to understand how a long-term dedication to STEM courses can result in intellectual stimulation and exciting career opportunities. The opportunity is particularly important to female students, who are vastly underrepresented in STEM fields and who are also disproportionately likely to list a STEM class as a top factor in sparking their interest in the field.

Beyond the career opportunities computer science education can open for students, it also provides students with the basic knowledge they need to participate and succeed in an increasingly tech-driven world. Regardless of students’ career aspirations, the ability to understand the technologies they use every day is important to becoming informed global citizens.

In addition to all this, DLP will engage students in the intellectual and personal fulfillment that comes with mastering an entirely new (and often challenging) skill set.