DIGITAL OPPORTUNITY TRUST USA INC via Crowdrise
November 02, 2010
BENEFITING: DIGITAL OPPORTUNITY TRUST USA INC
Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) USA's TeachUp! Program is a unique program built and developed to empower students and residents of at-risk and impoverished communities in Mississippi and Louisiana with 21st century skills. The DOT USA TeachUp! Program recruits, trains and places tech-savvy individuals from within the communities it serves and places them into public schools, community centers, libraries, and job centers as TeachUp! Interns. There they spend the year helping teachers, students, displaced workers, community members, and local business owners multiply their use of technology and educational resources in the classroom, workplace, and beyond. TeachUp! Interns help increase morale, retention and proficiency in utilizing technology, and offer comprehensive professional development skills training.
The TeachUp! Interns focus on creating a foundation of technology knowledge and project-based learning strategies in the communities they serve helping to increase collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking – skills vital for success in today’s global economy. The goal of DOT USA is to create a population of educators and community members who are not only confident in technology-use, but also empowered and inspired to continue growing and innovating educational and economic opportunities for present and future generations, breaking the cycle of poverty and creating endless opportunities and a world of possibilities.
DOT USA recognizes the continued need for 21st century technology and skills in at-risk schools and communities. As a result, the program is focusing its growth in these areas in an effort to make a positive impact and build a foundation of success in communities working to break the cycle of poverty and overcome unemployment.