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Essential Families, a state of Missouri 501c3 nonprofit was conceptualized by Terri English-Yancy April 2019, and founded January 2020.

Terri’s vision is to reach, inform, and inspire the lives of children and families. Terri’s mission is to strengthen families because they are “Essential” to our neighborhoods, community, city, and state. Terri believes, and has over 30 years experience, and data that proves Everything Starts at Home...

November 2022, funded by Kauffman Foundation, the Essential Broadband Pilot was a one (1) year project. The goal was to reach, register, and provide services that closes the Digital Divide for 69 families. Essential Families accomplished this goal in 47 days, but continued Pilot from November 11, 2022, to February 11, 2023 - ending with a waitlist of 137 people.

During the Essential Broadband Pilot, Essential Families watched, listened and gathered “empirical DATA” directly from our unserved and underserved clients. This approach helped Essential Families 

design and develop services required to Close the Digital Divide, effectively launching Essential Broadband Program.

Effectively September 3, 2023, Terri EnglishYancy renamed Essential Broadband Program to Essential Digital Equity Program.  This name change better reflects the program's purpose, and aligns 

completely with NTIA Digital Equity inititiaves, to close the Digital Divide. 

Today, we have served 541 families, assisted  547 children and families with enrolling in Affordable Connectivity Plan (ACP). There is currently 1281 children and families on our Essential Digital Equity Workshop waitlist.

Thank you City of Kansas City Digital Equity Office for your consistent and continued support!

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December, 06th 2022, 1st Digital Navigator Training Plaza Library

1st Training was for 21 Digital Navigators Training Plaza Library


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December, 12th 2022, PC's for People

First Laptop, Computer Training, ACP enrollment assistance event.


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December, 16th 2022, PC's for People

PC's for People event. Our second laptop distribution, training, and ACP enrollment assistance.


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January, 10th 2023, Lucille Bluford

Lucille Bluford


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January, 12th 2023, Lucille Bluford

Lucille Bluford


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January, 14th 2023, Lucille Bluford

Lucille Bluford


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January, 20th 2023, Lucille Bluford

Lucille Bluford


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January, 24th 2023, Lucille Bluford

Lucille Bluford


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January, 26th 2023, Lucille Bluford

Lucille Bluford


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February, 10th 2023, Lucille Bluford

Lucille Bluford


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February, 11th 2023, Wendell Phillips Elm

Wendell Phillips Elm


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February, 18th 2023, VPE follow up meeting

VPE follow up meeting


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February, 20th 2023, Lucille Bluford

Lucille Bluford


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February, 28th 2023, Lucille Bluford

Lucille Bluford


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March, 05th 2023, Lucille Bluford

Lucille Bluford


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March, 06th 2023, Plaza Library

Plaza Library


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April, 22nd 2023, 2nd Digital Navigator Training Lucille Bluford

2nd Digital Navigator Training Lucille Bluford


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May, 09th 2023, Impact event

Impact event


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May, 13th 2023, Archwell

Archwell


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May, 20th 2023, May 20th, 2023

May 20th, 2023


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June, 15th 2023, Archwell

Archwell


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June, 22nd 2023, Morning Star Community Center

Morning Star Community Center


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June, 24th 2023, Northeast Library

Northeast Library


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July, 11th 2023, Lucille Bluford

Lucille Bluford


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August, 09th 2023, Waldo Library 201 E 75th Street KCMO 64114

Kansas City Missouri 5th District is very serious about closing the Digital Divide, they came out in the rain.


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August, 15th 2023, Southeast Community Center 4201 E 63rd Street

Closing the Digital Divide is more effective, efficient, and measurable, when you reach the "covered population" DIRECTLY.


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August, 26th 2023, Lucille Bluford Library 3050 Prospect Ave

Consistently Closing The Digital Divide...


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August, 29th 2023, North East Library 6000 Wilson Ave

Adjusted AI Dataset to test attracting diverse group. It worked!


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September, 13th 2023, CULINARY STUDENTS ONLY FOR THE SPOT KC

CULINARY STUDENTS ONLY FOR THE SPOT KC


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September, 14th 2023, ARCHWELL PATIENTS ONLY 3135 Prospect

ARCHWELL PATIENTS ONLY 3135 Prospect


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September, 23rd 2023, Trinity Church of God in Christ 11922 Food Lane Grandview, MO 64030

Closing the Digital Divide in the suburbs, ALL AGES...Grandview Missouri!


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October, 04th 2023,

First 2-day Virtual Digital Navigator Curriculum Training Cohort. Trained 8 new Digital Navigators. We now have 59 Digital Navigators for the greater Kansas City area.


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October, 14th 2023,

W.E.B. Dubois Learning Center 50th Anniversary Event- Community Partner Registration


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November, 14th 2023,

Phyllis Wheatley Elementary School


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February, 27th 2024,

Community Partner: ArchWell Health. Aging Population Healthcare.


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March, 19th 2024,

Essential Telehealth Letters of Support for Veterans, Unserved and Underserved Rural, Urban Communities, and Early Childhood Mental


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April, 16th 2024,

Community Partner: Black Family Technology


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May, 04th 2024,

Entrenamiento de Navegadores Digitales de LEC


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May, 07th 2024,

Community Partner: ArchWell Health. Aging Population Healthcare.


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May, 08th 2024,

May 8th, 2024 Community Partner : Key’s Reality


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May, 15th 2024,

Della Lamb Essential Digital Equity Workshop


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May, 15th 2024,

Digital Navigator Curriculum Training - May 13-15th, 2024 | Trainer: Christina Kohn Digital Navigator Council District 6 Director


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May, 20th 2024,

Community Partner: Greater KC LINC


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June, 08th 2024,

Manheim Park Neighorhood Meeting- Our newest Community Partner


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June, 12th 2024,

Latinx Essential Digital Equity Workshop


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June, 15th 2024,

Latinx Essential Digital Equity Workshop


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June, 22nd 2024,

Washington Wheatley Community Partner Event- Essential Families uses courier service to deliver laptops and workshop essential equipment and material.


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June, 22nd 2024,

Essential Families is growing: Now using courier service to deliver laptops and essential workshop material and equipment


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July, 12th 2024,

Essential Digital Equity Workshop and 500 Household Celebration


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