UAC and Partners to Launch Digital On-Ramps

July 28, 2011

Despite steady job growth, 22 percent of Philadelphia's adults cannot read or write well enough to handle elementary school material. To address this problem, a group of Philadelphia organizations will launch the Digital On-Ramps Initiative. They had the honor of pledging their commitment to the project and being recognized by former President Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative America conference (CGI) on June 30, 2011. Established by President Clinton, CGI convenes global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges, including ways to spur job creation and economic growth in the U.S.

The Digital On-Ramps Initiative will be led by Philadelphia Academies. The Urban Affairs Coalition is a partner in the project, along with the City of Philadelphia (Mayor's Commission on Literacy, Mayor's Office of Education, and Mayor's Technology Office), Drexel University, Philadelphia Youth Network, and IBM as core partners. Digital On-Ramps (which is still in its discovery phase) will be an on-line and mobile-based literacy and workforce training program for youth and adults. Over a four-year period, this initiative will help thousands of Philadelphians to learn the skills they need to find sustainable employment. Digital On-Ramps Initiative Factsheet (PDF)