Young people need opportunities to access the digital world.. To learn. To work. To thrive.

Teens and tweens across America are already making a difference and holding power accountable. They’re not just our future, they’re improving our today.

Yet far too many young people, and the families who support them, lack hardware access, connectivity, and digital literacy, with communities of color and low-income households often falling behind the most.

40 perfect of schools lack broadband access and nearly 3 in 10 Americans lack access to the internet.

Access to the internet must be equitable and affordable.

Our Goal

Communities across the US are uniting to include, protect, and empower young people online. Chances are, these changes are happening in towns and cities near you.

Meanwhile, record amounts of federal and state funding are being rolled out to help improve digital inclusion. But in this cluttered media environment, it can be hard to find success stories and tested solutions. That’s why we created this platform – to bring together, in one place, approaches for closing the digital divide for young people.

A project of Aspen Digital, the Kids Are Online gives you real-life examples of how to improve access to tech tools and skills for youth in America, so that communities like yours can adapt these approaches for yourselves. Sourced from local governments, nonprofits, businesses, and schools, these stories of change demonstrate what’s possible when we get young people connected and help them thrive in a digital world.

The Kids Are Online is generously supported by the Wonderful Company.

Aspen Digital extends a heartfelt thank you to Iced Coffee, Please for designing and building this website, and to Justine Swindell for creating the illustrations that bring it to life.

Inspire Others

How is your nonprofit, company, school, or government bridging the digital divide for young people?
We want to hear your story.

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