Digital Empowerment at MOBC

Image created by Cayce Place resident volunteer, Ray McKay

Digital Empowerment

Full participation in our 21st century digital society requires a PC, reliable home internet access, and digital literacy skills. Martha O'Bryan Center is empowering community members to harness the life-transforming potential of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) by providing personalized digital literacy instruction that enables participants to achieve goals they set for themselves. We strive to inspire hopes and dreams by providing participants with the digital tools and literacy resources to realize a better life for themselves and their families.

The Digital Empowerment Lab (DEL)

Monday - Thursday  1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

DEL is not just a computer lab, it is a safe, creative space where parents and children can share fellowship and begin to realize their dreams using technology.

Services Offered

1:1 Assistance

Job Applications


Computer Basics


Social Service Applications

Social Media

Online Homework Assignments

Good Drive and OneDrive



Affordable Home Internet

Advice Purchasing Affordable PC’s

Northstar Digital Literacy Certificates

Computer Basics

World Wide Web


Social Media

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Powerpoint

DEL by the numbers since opening in October 2015:

150+ visitors

700+ visits

300+ service hours

Northstar Certificates earned: 24

ConnectHome Initiative

Martha O'Bryan Center partnered with MDHA, MNPS, Nashville Metro, Vanderbilt University, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, and the Nashville Public Library in the spring of 2016 on the first Nashville pilot of ConnectHome for resident of Cayce Place.

- Knocked on 500 doors of eligible families promoting ConnectHome program

- Tech fair with door prizes, food, and technology demo stations with the goals of promoting relevance of technology and enrolling families in the program

- 72 parents and children received computer skills training (2 classes, 4 hours of training), laptops, and free internet for one year

- Community Ambassador program where ConnectHome participants help recruit other families to enroll in ConnectHome; Ambassadors also help teach other community residents computer skills

Jobs Plus Nashville

Jobs Plus Nashville (JPN) is a new program exclusively for residents of Napier Place and Sudekum Apartments. JPN provides a comprehensive range of service for the unemployed and the employed that increase career options and opportunities to improve financial stability. JPN benefits include a rent freeze on income earned through employment until 2010, money management classes, job placement assistance and strategies, assistance with legal aid and expungements, and digital literacy training.

Program parameters: 3 weeks of 4 classes per week (12 classes total

Personalized learning pathways working toward the following goals:

          - 4 Northstar Certificates: Computer Basics, World Wide Web, Email, Microsoft Word

          - Typing minimum of 20 WPM

          - Independent job search

          - Digital skills for workplace success

Code Road

MOBC partnered with the Nashville Technology Council (NTC) and Workbay to provide space and logistical support for a 12 week program where young women ages 16-24 received exposure and introductory education in a variety of technology fields. There were 4 other cohorts from Memphis, Franklin, Toronto, and Nairobi simultaneously participating in the program. The content was delivered by subject matter experts in the form of a webcase and is accessible online for interested participants.

MOBC Chapter 2 Internship

The Digital Empowerment Lab has been support by Martha O'Bryan Center's Chapter 2 interns. Interns earn Northstar Digital Literacy certificates and tutor participants during computer lab hours. Participants are provided with resources to pursue careers in technology throughout Nashville. The Digital Inclusion Fund is exploring opportunities for more interns to be placed in digital literacy labs throughout the city.

DEL Chapter 2 Graduate: Keshara Miller

Volunteer Engagement / Training

The Digital Empowerment Lab has recruited and trained a number of volunteers via HandsOn Nashville and local university engagement (Vanderbilt and Lipscomb). The Digital Empowerment program formally trains volunteers in education on the digital inclusion movement and best practices in tutoring digital literacy. The training program will be used to teach staff members and future volunteers moving forward. Thus far, the program has trained 12 volunteers. In the future, we hope to train Northstar program participants to be digital literacy instructors.

Thank you!

Martha O'Bryan Center would like to give a special thanks to the Digital Inclusion Fellowship for enabling us to inspire community members to realize their dreams using technology.