In Baltimore, Building Digital Literacy Took — and Takes — a Village

A combination of funding sources, program partners, a state initiative and support from a telecommunications and media giant paved the way for the Greenmount West Community Center (GWCC) on Guilford Avenue to get its first digital literacy coordinator.

Before getting this position established, the GWCC was one of the first local sites in Comcast’s Lift Zones initiative, which brought free Wi-Fi to regional community-serving institutions.

“When the pandemic hit, we were looking for ways to continue to connect community centers across our entire footprint,” said Comcast Universal Director of External Affairs Veronica Santos. “We provided gig speed free Wi-Fi service so that students here can simultaneously work on all of their schoolwork.”