The Digital Corps activates digital literacy for youth in out-of-school time. Sprout recruits and trains mentors in the effective use of digital learning tools and then matches them with afterschool programs and community centers where Digital Corps members work side by side with youth to demystify robotics, code websites, program mobile apps, investigate online privacy, and empower the next generation of digital innovators.
Where is the Digital Corps?
Digital Corps mentors are deployed in out-of-school learning sites throughout the city of Pittsburgh and the surrounding communities of Allegheny County. Check out our map to find a Digital Corps host site near you.
Why Digital Literacy?
Today’s youth spend more than 8 hours a day using digital media—playing games, participating in social networks, producing and consuming media. These experiences are rich with learning potential waiting to be harnessed.
Youth in Allegheny County can now access opportunities to develop these digital literacy skills in numerous programs in the region. Such an introduction will help them thrive in school, college, the workforce, and life.
In partnership with APOST (Allegheny Partners for Out-of-School Time), The Sprout Fund is recruiting and training a team of experts who will partner with afterschool providers to help lower the barriers that prevent the effective use of digital tools in out-of-school programs.
There are two ways for adults to get involved with the Digital Corps:
- Become a teaching mentor trained to work with youth and digital literacy tools
- Become a host organization to bring Digital Corps activities at your learning site
Members of the Digital Corps include informal educators, designers, technologists, scientists, youth workers, college students, and self-taught tinkerers interested in helping more youth develop their digital literacies, skills, and capacities. After training, members of the Digital Corps are matched with afterschool programs through the Allegheny Partners for Out-of-School Time (APOST), a network of out-of-school learning providers serving thousands of children at sites throughout Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.
To learn more and get involved, contact Ani Martinez, Program Associate at The Sprout Fund.