The internet has created amazing opportunities for education. Sadly, it's also created a gap between families that can afford home internet access and 5 million families with school-aged children that can't.1 For those living paycheck to paycheck, food, shelter and utilities understandably take a higher priority over internet access.
But since 70 percent of teachers are now assigning internet-based homework,2 connectivity isn't a luxury - it's an absolute necessity for students. Nearly half of 14- to 18-year-olds report using a library computer primarily for homework.3 Students lacking home internet access are cut off from a future of possibilities.
That's why Sprint and the Sprint Foundation will change the lives of 1 million high school students by giving them opportunities to reach their full potential.
The 1Million Project is the largest corporate initiative to bridge the digital divide and help close the "Homework Gap" for 1 million disadvantaged high school students lacking home internet access. How does the program work? Sprint and the Sprint Foundation have partnered to make free devices and service available to schools and non-profits to benefit 1 million low-income high school students.
This is more than the chance to do homework. This is the opportunity to impact their lives and futures. The program brings students closer to teacher communication, scholarships, jobs, college and big possibilities. The students chasing their dreams and better futures don't have to go to extremes to access Wi-Fi. The 1Million Project removes a big hurdle in their lives. So no matter what, they will have the same internet accessibility as any other student.
The 1Million Project will connect one million high school students over five years. Each participating student will receive a free wireless device and free service for up to four years while in high school.
Program launch press release
Pilot program press release
Support the 1Million Project by making a financial contribution at sprint.com/give1MP. You can also visit a local Sprint Store to make a cash donation or to donate an old mobile phone, tablet, or hotspot. Used mobile devices can also be donated online at sprint.com/buyback. Devices will be recycled or resold with net proceeds benefiting the 1Million Project.
The application process for the full five year program, which begins with the 2017-18 school year, is now open. Applications will be accepted through March 31, 2017. Applications MUST be submitted by a high school or school district. Applications submitted by individual students or parents will not be accepted.