The Technology Literacy Collaborative (TLC) started in South Minneapolis as a resource for community technology centers and digital literacy instructors. It truly is a collaborative of various organizations focusing on technology and service to underrepresented people. Through the years, the group has expanded beyond Minneapolis to include individuals and organizations throughout Minnesota, and although digital literacy is central to the organization’s mission, they work on a variety of digital inclusion issues.
TLC’s core membership comprises the following organizations:
- City of Minneapolis Information Technology Department, which is a key support agency for the city’s digital inclusion efforts
- St. Paul Neighborhood Network, which provides media access to underrepresented people, and their Community Technology Empowerment Project
- Davenport Group, a data solutions company
- Neighborhood House, a multi-service agency in St. Paul
- Pillsbury United Communities, a community building organization in Minneapolis
- Project for Pride in Living, a multi-service agency with a focus on affordable housing
The core membership reflects TLC’s origins and strong connections with the Twin Cities, but the group shares expertise and resources beyond the metro area. Since 2010, TLC has been hosting a site with digital literacy curriculum materials, and they invite everyone to share and use resources in the repository.