Empowering Latino Workers, Entrepreneurs, and Business Owners to Thrive in the Digital Economy
Representing America’s youngest cohort, Latino workers play an increasingly crucial role in maintaining the success of the US labor market, and they are projected to account for 78% of net new workers from 2020 to 2030. However, a high percentage of Latino workers lack digital skills, making them vulnerable to job displacement due to automation and digitalization in the workplace. In fact, 57% of Latinos ages 16 to 64 had low or no digital skills, compared with a US average of 31%.
To address this issue, Aspen Latinos launched the Latino Digital Success Initiative, which aims to identify, develop, and uplift promising ecosystem approaches that better prepare Latino workers, entrepreneurs, and business owners to thrive in a 21st-century digital economy. The initiative relies on applied research to consolidate digital inclusion ecosystems that support Latino communities to fully access digital opportunities. With 92% of jobs requiring digital skills, it is critical to ensure that Latinos have the necessary tools to succeed in a changing economy.
Affordable Connectivity Program
Aspen Latinos was awarded a grant to support the FCC’s Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) outreach efforts over the next two years. This federally funded benefit provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a device.
In the coming months, Aspen Latinos will develop and deploy a public awareness campaign in both English and Spanish through traditional media channels and social media. Aspen Latinos will also collaborate with trusted community organizations to spread the benefit and promote enrollment of eligible households.
Aspen Latinos is committed to producing original research on the digital divide and its impact on Latino communities—both at local and national levels. We aim to provide policymakers, decision-makers, and community leaders with the evidence-based knowledge necessary to design and implement effective solutions that bridge the digital divide and promote Latino success. Our research spans digital equity to place-based strategies and investments to procurement. We inform practitioners on the latest economic trends and best practices to establish actionable strategies that lead to sustainable economic development.
If you are interested in partnering with us for a research project or want to receive more information about our work, contact Diego Deleersnyder at diego(dot)deleersnyder(at)aspeninstitute(dot)org.