The “Google CLP: Civic Engagement Team” is a team of students under the Google Community Leaders Program (CLP) in New Brunswick, looking at increasing civic engagement through the use of technology and increasing digital literacy. The Google Community Leaders Program is a national program whose mission is to train students to bridge the digital divide in communities across the country. The team located in New Brunswick aims to bridge the digital divide by working with business, nonprofits, teachers, students and individuals. The Google CLP provides 1-on-1 consultation and workshops, all for free and at no cost to the members of the community. The goal of the Google CLP is to make these services available to the community. Currently, the New Brunswick CLP has four (4) teams:
- Marketing – works primarily to promote the image, public relations and partnerships of the Google CLP
- Nonprofits – work with nonprofits in the New Brunswick area to provide 1 on 1 consultation on how to use digital tools to increase their reach, impact, and operations.
- Small-to-Medium Business (SMB) – work with Small-to-Medium businesses and entrepreneurs in the New Brunswick area to provide 1 on 1 consultation on how to use digital tools to increase their reach and impact and operations.
The Google CLP Civic Engagement Team would be the 5th team of the Google CLP – New Brunswick. The team aims to work with government entities and partners in the community to increase ways in which residents of New Brunswick can use, have access, and learn skills to use technology to be informed and engaged in civically. The Google CLP – New Brunswick chapter actually serves as the national model for Google, and would also be the first Civic Engagement Team in the nation.