TGH’s mission is to empower communities to access and use digital tools to overcome barriers and advance their lives. We partner with schools, non-profits, and community organizations to address the three components of the digital divide: fundamental computer and internet skills training, affordable hardware, and access to reliable, low-cost internet. Together TGH and its partner sites have trained thousands of learners in the Greater Boston area.
Tech Goes Home partners with other agencies (schools, nonprofits, libraries, and others) that work with people who need access to technology. Our program is a 15-hour digital skills course, currently being done virtually during the pandemic. Learners who complete the course earn a Chromebook and one year of paid internet access. Partner sites choose one or two of their employees to run the TGH course at their site. After being certified as TGH Instructors, the partner site's employees then run the TGH course at their site. Our curriculum is customizable so that instructors teach the digital skills, apps, and websites they think are most useful for their specific learners.
STEPS TO BECOMING A TGH PARTNER SITE
Please complete this New Partnership Inquiry form to send TGH your details. We will review your information and reach out to you via email with more information.
This meeting (either by phone or video) will be an opportunity for TGH to learn more about your organization, for you to learn more about TGH, and for us to discuss what a potential partnership might look like. Initial meetings must include the head of your school or organization (Executive Director, Site Director, and/or Head of School).
3. Complete a Partnership Application
Once we’ve mutually agreed to move forward with the partnership, TGH will email you an application to become a new partner site. This application must be completed by the head of your school or organization (Executive Director, Site Director, and/or Head of School). Completing an application does not guarantee approval.
4. Identify one employee to serve as the TGH Program Supervisor at your site.
The TGH Program Supervisor must be an employee of your site. This person will serve as TGH's main contact and responsible for:
Keeping TGH up-to-date on staff changes related to instructors and site leadership
Supervising the TGH program, instructors, assistants, and volunteers at your site.
Answering inquiries and questions about the TGH program at your site that may be asked by TGH instructors at your site or individuals interested in becoming instructors at your site.
TGH will ask the Program Supervisor to step in if TGH has issues with communication, logistics, or compliance with any instructors, assistants, or volunteers from your site.
The TGH Program Supervisor will be asked to attend a 1-hour orientation to learn about the TGH program, its role, and the responsibilities and logistics that TGH requires of the site, instructors, assistants, and volunteers.
5. Identify employees who will apply to be the TGH Instructors at your site.
If you’ve received a partnership confirmation from Tech Goes Home, please identify at least one staff member from your organization who can run the 15-hour Tech Goes Home course. We recommend two instructors per TGH course. These instructors need not be computer experts but should be comfortable using the internet, particularly tools such as email, Google search, Google Apps, and other basics. TGH Instructors help learners sign up for low-cost Internet and handle administrative duties related to the course, including tracking attendance and collecting learner forms. Most importantly, they should be welcoming, patient, and passionate about helping people learn life-changing skills!
6. Certify your TGH Instructors
Once your site partnership is official, you will receive instructions to share with your staff about an instructor application. They must complete a four-step process to be certified as a Tech Goes Home Instructor.
Complete an online instructor application
Pass a short “Internet Basics” assessment with a score of 85% or higher
Attend a 4-hour Instructor Orientation with our team.
Complete a background CORI check.
7. Apply to start a course
Certified instructors at official partner sites can submit a course application for each cohort they would like to teach. While we can not approve every course that our partners want to teach, we do our best to meet the demand. Once the course is approved, the site may recruit participants and run the course!