One Million Connected

CONNECTING STUDENTS TO A BETTER FUTURE

PROBLEM

America's students are facing a 'Homework Gap'

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.


There are 5 million U.S. families with school-aged children without home internet.


SOLUTION

A transformative future begins with the 1Million Project.

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.

Program Details

Here's what students can receive through the program:

  • 3 GB per month of free high-speed LTE data while on the Sprint network. Unlimited data is available at 2G speeds if usage exceeds 3 GB in a month
  • A free smartphone, tablet, laptop or hotspot device
  • Free hotspot capability and unlimited domestic calls/text while on the Sprint network for students who receive a smartphone
  • Free Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) compliant content filter with every device. This filter blocks adult content and malware while on the Sprint network. Specifically designed for the 1Million Project, this filter is always on and cannot be disabled. 

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

Download the program brochure

 

Donate and help change a life.

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. Devices will be recycled or resold with net proceeds benefiting the 1Million Project.


Program Timeline

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.

ENROLLMENT

Your school could be part of the program.

Sprint, in partnership with the Sprint Foundation, is now accepting applications for the 1Million Project which starts at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year and runs for five years. High schools and school districts can earn a spot in the program by applying today.

The application process will be open until March 31, 2017 so we encourage you to apply before the deadline.

 
If your high school or school district is selected as a member, you'll do more than help your local high school students complete their homework from home. You’ll be helping them participate in today’s digital world and empowering them to do more, and strive for more.

We all want what's best for today's youth and tomorrow's leaders - that means extending internet connectivity from their classrooms to their homes. Your participation in the program can help ensure we bridge the homework gap with the greatest impact locally and nationally.

How to apply for the program:

  • Step one:
    Review requirements below.
  • Step two:
    Confer with key personnel.
  • Step three:
    Complete the application form.

High school & school district requirements:

  • Ability to identify, enroll and support between a minimum of 1,500 and a maximum of 25,000 high school students (grades 9-12) over the anticipated five year program duration (i.e., between 300 and 5,000 per year) that do not have high-speed internet access at home.
  • Capacity to administer and maintain the program throughout the program duration.
  • Provide program administration, estimated to be 10 hours per week.
  • Communication with Sprint to provide program feedback.
We encourage schools to bring together and dialogue with necessary committees and local non-profits that provide student support services, as well as gauge interest among parents. A robust community support system would be beneficial for schools in managing the 1Million Project and ensuring students maximize the value of this program. 

Program Application

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.

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