“Covid-19 has magnified the inequities that existed prior to the crisis for many students globally. That’s why we value investing in essential learning tools such as internet access and computers to students at McClymonds and Oakland Tech high schools.”
—Barb Whye, Intel’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and VP of Social Impact
Closing the Digital Divide in Oakland
Of the 50,000 students enrolled in Oakland schools, approximately half are disconnected or under-connected from technology at home. Without a computer and internet access, they are denied access to the learning opportunities they deserve.
The vast majority of these students and families are from low-income backgrounds, students of color, undocumented, and/or have special needs. When COVID-19 forced students to stay home in March, it increased the stakes of an already troubling digital access challenge: half of Oakland’s K-12 students are unable to fully participate in their education – not only this year but also in future years – unless we take action now.
Our Mission: #OaklandUndivided
Our campaign is a partnership between Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s Office of Education, the Oakland Ed Fund, the Oakland Unified School District, and Tech Exchange.
We are raising $12.5 million to provide 25,000 laptops and internet hotspots to Oakland families.
If you are interested in discussing a financial contribution, contact:
- David Silver, Mayor’s Office of Education
- Jonathan Osler, Oakland Public Education Fund
If you want to make a donation of devices or hotspots, contact:
- Seth Hubbert, Tech Exchange
Click the links below to learn more
Thank You to our Donors
Terabyte Level ($10M)
Gigabyte Level ($100k and Above)
Golden State Warriors & Hewlett Packard Enterprises
Oakland COVID-19 Relief Fund
Oakland Public Education Fund
Megabyte Level (Up to $99k)
David & Lucille Packard Foundation
Family & Beyond
Rogers Family Foundation