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Digital Volunteer Initiative Train the Trainer Workshop


Digital access is vital to community wellbeing.  Yet many communities and individuals lacking access struggle with navigating the divide.  In partnership with Extension Foundation, the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy's Broadband Program Action Team, and USDA NIFA, the National Digital Extension Education Team (NDEET) is offering a three-day in-person intensive train-the-trainer workshop for teams of Extension professionals interested in addressing the challenges of increasing digital literacy by working with local volunteers to provide information technology (IT) training and support in their communities.

Key roles Extension can play in this process include two key arenas:

(1) community volunteer organizing and planning, and
(2) educating on digital skills needed to make use of available broadband access.

This workshop will equip participants with both training and tools to guide efforts to close these critical gaps that greatly impact quality of life and economic recovery.

Who should attend?

Extension Teams of 2-3 who have a strong desire to build Extension’s capacity to aid in closing the digital divide in their state.

What will be explored?

A method and toolkit for supporting digital skill development across Extension program areas including a new Digital Volunteer Initiative.

Twelve digital literacy lessons you can implement within your community.  


The cost of materials and training expenses are paid by a grant. Hotel, airfare, meals outside of training times, etc. are the responsibility of the participant. The room block is provided to help reduce costs and ensure convenience for participants.


April 2-4, 2024

Full Day sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday (8:00 – 5:00)

Half Day session on Thursday (8:00 – noon)

Workshop Registration (Capacity is limited. Deadline to register, March 22): Digital Volunteer Initiative:Train the Trainer Workshop

Hotel Room Block Registration: Click Here

Hotel Indigo
230 Peachtree Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30303

Deadline to reserve at group rate: March 11, 2024, by Noon EST.
Group Rates: $179/+ tax, single king or double queen.
Check in: 3:00 pm - Check out: 12:00 pm

If the room block is full please contact Leah Mitchell at or 662-325-3207.

AIRPORT: Hotel is approx.10 miles (approx.13 minutes) from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Shuttle: Hotel Indigo does not provide shuttle service to/from airport.

The MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transport Authority) tram can be taken from airport (18-minute ride) to Peachtree Center Station (10 feet from station to hotel). Cost is $2.50 one way. **As in all large cities, safety should take high priority while sightseeing and taking public transportation. Clickhere for MARTA safety and security information.

Other transportation options:

Airport taxis and busses. Estimated price unknown

Uber: Estimate $22-24 (1-4 riders one way)

Lyft:  Estimate $30-35 (one way)

Taxi: Estimate $36 (one way)

Prices subject to change. Check with desired transportation for updated information.

HOTEL PARKING: No self-parking available at hotel.
Valet parking: $40/overnight.
Several self-parking garages and lots are located near the hotel. Many options are available if you search online for “parking options near The Hotel Indigo, Peachtree Street.”

Group Rate
will be honored for April 1- 3, 2024.
Internet: Complimentary internet throughout hotel.
Fitness Center: Complimentary access to 24-hour fitness center.
Valet Parking: Discounted $40/daily Valet Parking (Regularly $50/daily)

For general information on the Hotel Indigo, click here.(Do not use this for making group rate reservations; use link above.)

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