Bridge the Digital Divide

Bel Air Internet’s Mission to
Bridge the Digital Divide


At Bel Air Internet, we’re dedicated to closing the educational gap between children with access to technology and those who do not. We believe “bridging the digital divide” is one of the most effective ways to combat a cycle of poverty and provide opportunities to a new generation of children and teens.​

Community Centers we
Currently Donate Internet to:

DOWNTOWN LA

  1. Angel’s Flight
    (School on Wheels)
  2. Skid Row Learning Center
    (School on Wheels)
  3. New Reflections
    (School on Wheels)
  4. Motorcycle Riders for Homeless Parolees
    (School on Wheels)

SOUTH LOS ANGELES

  1. All People’s Community Center
  2. Newton LAPD Center
    (C.Y.A.L. program)
  3. Alba Recreational Center
    (C.Y.A.L. program)
  4. South Park Rec Center
    (C.Y.A.L. program)

  1. HomeAid Orange County Family Care Center
  1. Orange County Rescue Mission Village of Hope
    (School on Wheels)

Programs we partner with

School on Wheels

Newton LAPD Community Youth Activities League

The Digital Divide

By Terry Koosed, CEO of Bel Air Internet

In today’s world, there are many children lucky enough to live in homes with computers and high-speed Internet. They learn in classrooms with access to iPads and STEAM curriculum…And there are also many children who do not.

As the CEO of Bel Air Internet, I’m acutely aware of the depth of disadvantage a child on the wrong side of digital divide. A child without access to Internet or a computer lack a critical skill set necessary for many jobs today and even more in the future. 

That’s why Bel Air Internet is dedicated to subsidizing and donating Internet to worthy non-profits in which local children can access to computers and the Internet, and learn skills like design and coding. It gives these kids the ability to meet with online tutors, access their school’s homework portals and engage with educational software. We firmly believe the more that students are exposed to these systems, the greater odds they have to progress forward to a viable career path in any number of fields. 

We’ve had tremendous success at the centers we already deliver to and look forward to adding more centers to our roster each year.

FAQ About the Digital Divide

What is the Digital Divide?

Put simply, the digital divide is the profound educational disparity between children with access to computers, Internet and technology and those without those opportunities.

Who suffers from it?

Children from economically disadvantaged areas or who are experiencing homelessness. Often they do not have computers or Internet at home and minimal access to shared, aging equipment at school. While there are many factors to poverty, being on the wrong side of the digital divide can condemn these children in narrowing their educational and future career opportunities, robbing them of the chance to learn critical skill sets like basic tech programs, online research and coding. 

How do we bridge the divide?

By providing these children access to computers and Internet in a safe learning environment. Programs like School on Wheels and CYAL offer after school learning centers in which students can access homework portals, conduct research, engage with online tutors and utilize educational software, including ones like Code.Org, which teaches kids coding basics.  These programs can serve as a springboard, giving children the confidence, opportunity and skill sets they need to better succeed at school and in their future careers.

Home Broadband Adoption Rates in Households with School – Aged Children

“Children in South Los Angeles are twice as likely to live in a household where mobile broadband is the only available gateway to the Internet. This puts these children at a significant disadvantage, distancing them from the growing universe of online educational resources and tools available to other students.”

*Based on a study conducted by USC Annenberg

Get in touch to learn more about the Digital Divide and how you can help!