The Kansas City Coalition for Digital Inclusion has gradually grown from four to nearly 40 organizations who participate in work groups, monthly meetings, the sharing of ideas and resources and working together as a team. They represent nonprofits, Kansas City governmental agencies, colleges, corporations, the chamber of commerce, various learning centers, curriculum developers, phone companies and more.
Tom Esselman calls the coalition a responsive partnership. He says, “we are stronger walking together. We walk hand in hand building relationships, learning from each other, while developing greater clarity."
At the end of the day, he notes, we already see that internet services are available to those who cannot afford them, technical skills have been acquired for school success and employability, and importantly, the active involvement of people in the community. We can’t just be outsiders looking in.”