Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Huge Donation To OUSD, City Of Oakland To Help Close Digital Divide

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Helps Oakland OUSD
(Last Updated On: May 18, 2020)

Jack Dorsey, Founder And CEO Sends Huge Donation to OUSD and City of to Help Close Digital Divide Less Than 24-Hours After Press Conference

, CA – Less than 24 hours after OUSD, the City of , and partner organizations held a news conference to announce an ambitious plan to close the digital divide by raising $12.5m to pay for technology and internet access for all students to have at home, CEO and Co-Founder, Jack Dorsey, announced he is supporting the effort with a $10 million donation. In one fell swoop, he gave the campaign most of the funds it was originally aiming to raise.

“What an incredible and incredibly generous gift,” exclaimed Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell. “Jack Dorsey leads one of the most consequential technology firms in the world, so he understands well the need for our young people to have access to a computer and the internet at home. Students open to a limitless world of information at school and at home, and becoming more adept at using technology, is what we all want. We thank Jack Dorsey for joining the effort to make that a reality for all young people in .”

This morning, Dorsey tweeted, “$10mm to give EVERY single child in access to a laptop and internet in their homes, closing the digital divide. Heard Mayor @LibbySchaaf and @OUSDNews’ call and funding immediately. Thank you!”

Mayor Schaaf responded on by saying, “Wow. Thank you @jack and all those joining us on the mission to close ’s digital divide for good. #Undivided”

Jack Helps Oakland
Jack Helps

After the leaders of this campaign, including Tech Exchange, worked feverishly to raise the first $2 million, they were left humbled by Dorsey’s donation. “This is a truly extraordinary response to our call to action. Jack Dorsey’s generous contribution will close home access gaps for ’s students in a systemic way,” said Seth Hubbert, Executive Director of Tech Exchange.

During Thursday’s press conference, Skyline High School junior, Jessica Ramos spoke about her experiences not having technology at home, and how it made her life significantly more challenging. “This Covid-19 affected me and my family because we could not afford the internet,” she said. “My family did not have the internet, and I could not finish my work, which lowered my grades and I missed some deadlines to finish my scholarship applications. While I was lucky enough to be able to get technology… I realized I am not alone. Many of my peers from Deep East and West do not have access to technology resources and the impact on their academics and future is big.” Ramos received a computer from her school, and our partner, Comcast, supplied her with internet access.

The Public Education Fund, which is facilitating all the donations, knows well what $10 million will mean for our students. “Having a computer and internet access empowers our children to thrive academically during this pandemic and beyond, and boosts economic and health outcomes for their families,” said Ali Medina, Interim Executive Director. “The Public Education Fund is proud to be a leading partner on the #Undivided campaign and we are so excited about what this donation means for kids across .”

It’s unclear how quickly this $10 million will be turned into technology for students to use at home because the shelter in place has created supply chain problems, which have delayed some deliveries by months. But importantly, most students who now have at home one of the 18,000 computers loaned out by their schools will be able to keep them through the summer. Rising 5th and 8th graders will have to return their devices to the schools, as will graduating seniors.

About the Unified School District

In California’s most diverse city, Unified School District (OUSD) is dedicated to creating a learning environment where “Every Student Thrives!” More than half of our students speak a non-English language at home. And each of our 83 schools is staffed with talented individuals uniting around a common set of values: Students First, Equity, Excellence, Integrity, Cultural Responsiveness and Joy. We are committed to preparing all students for college, career and community success.

To learn more about OUSD’s Full Service Community District focused on academic achievement while serving the whole child in safe schools, please visit OUSD.org and follow us @OUSDnews.

This post based on a press release from OUSD to Zennie62Media.

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