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Plug into Portland

Digital access is essential to nearly every aspect of society. We call the growing gap in access to technology the digital divide. It encompasses the economic, educational, and social inequalities between those who have computers and Internet access and those who do not. Lack of digital access has a direct impact on the ability of students to achieve their full academic potential. This lack of access creates what is known as the "homework gap". The homework gap is the difficulty students experience completing homework when they lack internet access at home, compared to those who have access. This gap is still very alive in Oregon. Currently 75,000 Oregon students do not have a personal computer to complete their online assignments. Plug into Portland was created to help close the digital divide for Portland-area students, taking them out of the homework gap.

Meet all recipient requirements? Apply now with the form below. Click through all 9 pages to complete application.

 

Who is eligible?

This program is available only to K-12 students in the Portland metro area. This includes public school, private school, and home-school students.  

Houseless or students with unstable housing situations, students who are low-income, and students with accessibility needs will be prioritized for computers.

What kind of computer will you receive?

Plug into Portland participants receive a desktop computer or laptop that runs the Linux Mint operating system and one-year warranty with tech support. This computer will include:

  • i3 or better processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • USB mouse
  • For desktops: Speakers, LCD monitor, keyboard, and necessary cords

How can I apply?

To receive a computer through Plug into Portland, you need to:

  1. Apply online. (Be sure to check your email for an automated email acknowledging receipt of your application.)
  2. Expected to receive a response up to four weeks. Due to high volume of applicants in current COVID-19 climate, it make take some time to get to your application.
  3. Take your computer home!
  4. Let your friends and community know about this awesome program by sharing about your new computer on social media!

Apply now

 

This program is presented by:

First Tech Federal Credit Union