DigitalC's ReStart program addresses the digital isolation of many Cleveland residents and builds on existing assets in the community by offering software, hardware and technical skills training.
ReStart offers specific, actionable programming along the entire digital literacy spectrum from basic skills to intermediate skills building.
In addition to providing digital workforce training, all ReStart participants will receive access to wrap around services including soft skills & workforce readiness training, financial literacy, substance abuse prevention education, parenting skills, and child care service referrals.
As a recipient of one of the Cleveland Foundation's grants in support of the launch of its Digital Excellence Initiative, the ReStart Program is ensuring technical skills for today's digital economy. Contact Liz Forester for more information.
Cleveland Foundation Chief of Digital Innovation and Chief Information Officer, Leon Wilson said, "Now is the time to elevate Cleveland's culture of technological innovation and leadership while ensuring all Greater Clevelanders have equitable and inclusive access to technology and the digital skills necessary to participate fully in the digital economy."
"DigitalC's ReStart pilot program is the culmination of over a year of convening and partnership building activities," said Liz Forester, Director of Programs & Partnerships at DigitalC. "This innovative program will allow participants to use the talents and assets of numerous local organizations to access technology training and skills building opportunities that are required for jobs in today's digitally driven economy."
Jill Rizika, Executive Director of Towards Employment and partner in ReStart notes, "ReStart's wide ranging curriculum will provide opportunities to bridge the gap in digital literacy that has held many community members back from accessing family sustaining jobs. We look forward to leveraging our existing training capacity and partnering with the coalition brought together by DigitalC."
"We know that digital literacy makes a difference", adds Wanda Davis, Executive Director of the Ashbury Senior Community Computing Center. "DigitalC's new ReStart program builds on more than a decade of concerted efforts to empower residents across the community to learn how they can use the Internet to access their health records, search for new job opportunities, and more generally strengthen the confidence of Clevelanders on their ability to participate in the digital economy."
Click here to see our director of programs, Liz Forester and the CEO of CMHA, Jeffrey Patterson discuss the partnership of our organizations in the creation of this program with Ideastream.