UScellular After School Access Project
UScellular's After School Access Project is an initiative to help close the connectivity gap for youth so they have access to reliable internet to keep learning away from school. To bridge the digital divide, we’re pledging to provide up to $13 million in hotspots and service in 2022 to help up to 50,000 youth get connected.
Access to reliable connectivity causes a divide between youth who have access and those who do not. Thirty-five percent of low-income households lack any access to broadband service at home.
This leads to an issue known as the “homework gap” among students who lack proper internet access. To address connectivity needs, we’re providing free mobile hotspots and service to eligible nonprofits that support youth to provide safe internet access so that learning can continue outside of the classroom. If you're an eligible 501c3 nonprofit organization, click to apply.
"When UScellular began hearing these stories of youth without access to reliable internet, we knew we had to act."
Our CEO shared his thoughts on the digital divide and After School Access Project. Click here to read the article.
Bridging the Digital Divide
Nonprofits working with youth in afterschool programs are encouraged to apply if the following criteria is met:
- Certified 501c3 nonprofit organizations
- Operate within UScellular’s service area
- Focused on kindergarten through 12th grade
- Not a school or government entity
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Struggle to Find Connectivity
Earlier this year, UScellular launched a TV and digital ad campaign to highlight the commitment to help close the connectivity gap through After School Access Project.
Youth have to go to great lengths to find access to free Wi-Fi – working from noisy laundromats and diners – to continue their learning outside the classroom. The hotspots and service UScellular provides through After School Access Project is just one way UScellular helps youth get access to the resources needed to help shape future opportunities.