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The Digital Empowerment Academy  launced Spring of 2013, with the first cohort of students working through the curriculum created by

Dr. Renee Jesness and Dr. Lanise Block, of Minneapolis Public Schools.


Priority for registration was given to students who reside in North Minneapolis and was open to students between the ages of 13-17.

Students meet in a number of different locations such as the: Minneapolis Central and Sumner Libraries, KBEM Radio, and the Uptown Apple Store. 

Students are given an iPad Mini to use over the duration of the program.


Our 2nd Cohort was launched Sping of 2014, we meet for 10 session at the YMCA.


Digital Empowerment Academy program engages underrepresented youth to develop their digital literacy and leadership skills.


Our mission is to support youth in their endeavors to make social impact in their community via digital engagement.


DEA curriculum is designed based on Digital Kinship Model that is focused on using a culturally responsive framework to extend membership to those who are outside of the digital society.


In addition, we also host an annual DEA Youth Conference for youth to present their digital projects.


Digital Kinship: A Framework for Digital Inclusion

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