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in Increasing Internet Access, Protecting Public Airwaves

While the coronavirus pandemic has taught America about how entertaining puzzles and baking bread can be, it has also exposed how dependent we are on broadband and how far too many Americans – especially students – lack access at home. Two weeks ago, Congress passed historic legislation called the CARES Act to respond to the

in Making Grants

Led by people of color, immigrants and refugees, rural communities, and people experiencing poverty, Voqal grantee, Unite Oregon Action works across Oregon to build a unified intercultural movement for justice. With support from Voqal, Unite Oregon Action built a strong base of community leaders fighting for real electoral system reform in 2019, including a Small

in Offering Fellowships

Voqal knows that taking risks with innovative, progressive ideas is necessary to advance social change. The Voqal Fellowship is an investment in people as individuals and budding entrepreneurs; a talent accelerator aimed at giving those often overlooked by traditional funders a chance to enact their visions at center stage. This year’s cohort was fortunate to

in Investing for Educational Impact

Below, Voqal education program director, Vinny Badolato reflects on the current state of the U.S. education system and systemic issues he believes will need to be addressed in the near future. The coronavirus crisis is impacting all aspects of our lives, and there is a ton being written on what this means for our social

in Offering Fellowships

The Voqal Fellowship is an investment in people as individuals and budding entrepreneurs; a talent accelerator aimed at giving those often overlooked by traditional funders a chance to enact their visions at center stage. We continue to celebrate this year’s cohort, with another look at the 2020 Voqal Fellowship poem, written by the ever-talented Molina

in Increasing Internet Access

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the United States especially hard. As we reported last week, the crisis is highlighting many challenges, including the severity of the digital divide. Far too many Americans either lack broadband access at home or are unable to subscribe when it’s available. The most commonly cited factor for not subscribing is

in Investing for Educational Impact

Voqal’s Education Opportunity Project seeks to measurably reduce educational opportunity gaps by providing capital and strategic advice to entrepreneurs and organizations working to improve educational outcomes for disadvantaged populations. This month we highlight another one of the amazing organizations Voqal supports as part of this project, LENA. Based in Boulder, Colorado, LENA focuses on increasing

in Offering Fellowships

In light of the ever-increasing uncertainty posed by the coronavirus outbreak, many of us could use a break from the 24-hours news cycle. On that note, we are happy to bring you the second installment of this year’s Voqal Fellowship poem, Collective, from Voqal consultant and artist of the people, Molina Speaks. I. Collective Self

in Increasing Internet Access

Last week, the viral outbreak of COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization. Here in the U.S., the response among educators has been swift. Hundreds of schools are extending spring breaks, requiring multi-week closures, or even canceling on-campus classes and moving all classes online for the remainder of the semester. A

in Voqal

Voqal is dedicated to helping our staff and their families, our partners, and our community stay healthy by doing whatever is needed to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19. In order to assist in controlling the impact of the novel coronavirus, we are taking a number of preventative measures. Remote Working: Starting March

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