Less than 30 percent of kids at some schools have internet access. How one nonprofit is trying to change that


Who: David Jessup Jr. spent two years in the classroom with Teach for America and figured he’d go to law school after that. Then he found his passion: Working to bridge the digital divide. His work in connecting students to technology, internet access and computer science education led him to Charlotte five years ago. Soon after, he founded Digi-Bridge, which “aspires to create a generation of well-equipped 21st century learners.”

Jessup joined us on this week’s CharlotteFive podcast talk about his organization and what the digital divide means for Charlotte.

What: Access to technology and the internet is becoming more and more important to education, but some homes in Charlotte still have no access or limited access to the internet. Digi-Bridge hopes to bridge that digital divide with advocacy work, and also aims to help students uncover pathways careers in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) fields by offering courses outside of the traditional school day and consulting with schools.

Since 2015, the organization has taught 1,270 scholars and consulted 14 schools. Regular events include STEAM Saturdays (next series starts Sept. 30) and Daddy-Daughter Code In (Sept. 9).

Anything else? 

– Digi-Bridge is in the final days of its #ActivateSummer fundraising campaign, which will help the organization provide programming and robotics courses for K-8 students.

– Find other ways to get involved with Digi-Bridge here.

– And Sallie and I broke down the 10 things you MUST do this month.

The CharlotteFive Podcast — presented by The Charlotte Observer and powered by OrthoCarolina — is a weekly podcast that aims to get you Charlotte Smart, Fast with fun, interesting and useful news about the city. It’s hosted by Corey Inscoe and Sallie Funderburk, and produced by Richard Brooke and 2Waves Media.

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Photos: Richard Brooke; Courtesy of David Jessup


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