Project FINE (Focus on Integrating Newcomers through Education) was recently awarded a grant from ConnectedMN to provide support to refugee and immigrant families as they access distance learning. Funds will be used to provide digital navigation services to help parents access online educational information and students connect to their classes and resources for homework and other academic support.
ConnectedMN is a public-private partnership that was founded by Best Buy, Comcast, Blandin Foundation, Saint Paul and Minnesota Foundation and the Minnesota Business Partnership, in collaboration with the administration of Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan to address digital inequities faced by students in Minnesota. Earlier this year, they announced that their goal was to bring technology and internet access to students most challenged by the sudden shift to online school, including low-income families, Indigenous and students of color, and communities across both urban and rural Minnesota. They awarded grants to 23 nonprofits that will serve an estimated 68,000 students and families who will gain access to computing devices, critical support services and the internet.
For more information about ConnectedMN and how businesses, philanthropic organizations and individuals can get involved, visit connectedmn.us.