Two Kansas City residents have been selected for Google Fiber fellowships in a yearlong program aimed at boosting digital access in the area.
Eze Redwood, 29, and Leslie Scott, 47, are among 16 fellows chosen in eight Google Fiber markets. Google is working with the Nonprofit Technology Network, which is providing training for the fellows.
The fellows, after a week of training, will work in their home markets for the coming year. Their mission is to help establish programs that connect more people with the Internet, give them access to digital devices and the skills to use them, and gain an understanding of the importance and value of online access.
“Google has charged us with coming up with new solutions for bridging the digital divide,” Redwood said.
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Redwood was chosen by Literacy Kansas City, which is where he will work during the fellowship. Scott was chosen by the Full Employment Council.
Scott, according to the announcement, is an “entrepreneurially minded community activist who is committed to social and economic equity in the urban core.”
Google is spending more than $1 million in the effort to find, train and support the 16 digital-inclusion fellows for one year. The budget provides salary and benefits for the fellows for a year and a stipend to help local groups organize and launch their programs.
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