$75,000 grant is part of Round 8 of the Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund and aims to narrow the digital divide for the city's college students.
BestFit, Inc. is excited to announce that it has received a $75,000 grant from the Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund to provide direct support to Atlanta's college students during this unprecedented health and economic crisis. The grant will enable BestFit to narrow the digital divide facing college students today, and deliver Tech Essentials Care Packages for homeless or previously foster-care college students in Metro Atlanta.
Our Tech Essentials Care Package initiative was created out of the fact that homeless or foster-care college students in Atlanta have always faced technological barriers; with the COVID-19 crisis causing universities and colleges to transition to virtual instruction, the impact has been even greater, threatening students' academic success and persistence rates.
To address this, BestFit plans to provide laptops, wifi access, and essential remote learning tools (ex: earphones, webcams, software subscriptions, gift cards for online textbook purchases) to at least 150 homeless or foster-care college students in metro Atlanta.
To ensure our care packages reach Atlanta students who need them the most, BestFit is partnering with Embark Georgia to distribute the devices to eligible homeless or previously foster care students in Metro Atlanta. Embark Georgia is part of the University of Georgia's Office of Public Service and Outreach, and is a statewide network of support for Georgia college students who have experienced foster care and/or homelessness. We've worked with them to identify the 6 campuses in metro Atlanta with homeless or foster-care students in need of digital devices: Georgia State University, Georgia Tech, Atlanta Metropolitan State College, Georgia Gwinnett College, Kennesaw State University, and Chattahoochee Technical College.
"With support from the COVID-19 Fund, we'll be able to directly meet the essential needs of many more college students in metro Atlanta, and decrease education inequalities for Atlanta's homeless or foster-care students" says Asha Owens, CEO & Co-Founder of BestFit. "We're now looking for corporate and community partners looking to contribute services and support to ensure students receive the technology and tools needed to complete their coursework this academic year."
About BestFit, Inc.:
BestFit is a web platform that connects students to the resources they need, when they need them, so they can focus on what matters‒graduating. We empower students to build their own support systems by connecting them to on-campus, community, philanthropic, and corporate resources. Based in Atlanta, the team's nationally-recognized work is funded by organizations like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
and Cox Enterprises Social Impact Accelerator powered by Techstars
. To learn more, please visit best-fit.app
About Embark Georgia:
The mission of Embark Georgia is to increase college access and retention for youth who have experienced foster care or homelessness. By creating a network of support on campus and across the state, Embark Georgia aims to improve the chances for every student to complete a degree or certificate program at one of the over 50 USG or TCSG institutions in Georgia. To learn more about Embark Georgia, visit https://embarkgeorgia.org/home
About the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta:
Since 1951, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta has been leading and inspiring philanthropy to increase the vitality of our region and the well-being of all residents. With nearly 70 years serving the 23-county Atlanta region and a robust team of experts, the Community Foundation expands its philanthropic reach and impact by providing quality services to donors and bold, innovative community leadership. The Community Foundation is a top-20 community foundation among 750 nationally, with approximately $1.2 billion in current assets, and is Georgia’s second largest foundation. For more information, visit: cfgreateratlanta.org
or connect with the Foundation via Facebook
About United Way of Greater Atlanta:
United Way of Greater Atlanta, the largest United Way chapter in the nation, focuses on ensuring that every child in Atlanta has the opportunity to reach his or her full potential. The organization invests in more than 200 programs in 13 counties through the Child Well-Being Impact Fund and works to help children succeed in school, improve financial stability of families, provide affordable and accessible healthcare and end homelessness. For more information, visit: unitedwayatlanta.org