Today, the Internet is a prerequisite to complete homework, search for and apply for a job, connect with family and friends and access government programs. Low-income and minority Americans disproportionately find themselves on the wrong side of the digital divide and excluded from the $8 trillion digital economy and all of its benefits. More than 80% of FORTUNE 500 companies post their job openings online only and require online applications. Fifty percent of today's jobs require technology skills, and this percentage is expected to grow to 77% in the next decade.
The EveryoneOn campaign aims to support the 62 million Americans who do not have the digital literacy skills they need to succeed and help them understand the relevance the Internet has in their lives. Whether it's finding a job, helping their children complete homework for school or accessing e-commerce, electronic medical records and connecting with distant family, it is vital that we encourage every American to take advantage of the tools they need to succeed.
By calling 1-855-EVRY1ON or visiting www.everyoneon.org, users have access to a zip code search tool to find free computer and internet training classes in their area.