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 have raised $13 million to provide 25,000 laptops and internet hotspots to Oakland families.
Thank You to our Donors
Terabyte Level ($10M)
Gigabyte Level ($100k and Above)
Golden State Warriors & Hewlett Mark Pincus
Oakland COVID-19 Relief Fund
Oakland Public Education Fund
Megabyte Level (Up to $99k)
David & Lucille Packard Foundation
Family & Beyond
Rogers Family Foundation
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