Miami Connected is a collaborative initiative led by Achieve Miami and The Miami Foundation, that will bring free broadband connectivity, digital literacy, and career opportunities in technology to more than 100,000 students and their families in Miami-Dade County.
Miami Connected launched in the spring of 2021 as a three-year initiative with the goal of supporting over 50,000 families to bridge the digital divide. Our approach to addressing the divide is holistic, beginning with a focus on internet connectivity and progressing all the way to careers in technology. Over the past year, we have learned that the need for individualized support and trusting relationships underpins success in all of these – and this has shaped our approach.
Helped 53,016 families get connected with at-home broadband internet service.
Provided 2,895 families with hands-on support on how to get connected with internet service and devices.
Provided digital literacy instruction to 130 families, and awarded grant funding to expand services.
We have been learning from partners and community members to inform our strategy in the coming year.
We embarked on the development of a countywide broadband plan to draw down and deploy federal funding.
Combining the superpowers of Achieve Miami, the University of Miami, and Teach For America Miami-Dade, TAP is collaboratively building a new cohort of teachers for our students and our future.
It is no secret that one of the largest issues plaguing education today is the teacher shortage and its crippling impact on our students, especially the most vulnerable in underserved communities. TAP will create a clear pathway for college seniors not in the field of education to graduate and smoothly enter the teaching profession.