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Application and eligibility questions

Why should I apply to be a part of the  1Million Project? 

If your high school or school district is selected as a member, you'll do more than help your local high school students complete their homework from home. You’ll be helping them participate in today’s digital world and empowering them to do more and strive for more.

We all want what's best for today's youth and tomorrow's leaders - that means extending internet connectivity from their classrooms to their homes. Your participation in the program can help ensure we bridge the homework gap with the greatest impact locally and nationally.

Who can apply to be a part of the 1Million Project?

Local high schools and school districts that can identify, enroll and support a minimum of 50 high school students and a maximum of 5,000 per year who do not have reliable high-speed Internet access at home. Schools are encouraged to use their Free and Reduced Price Lunch (FRPL) data to help identify eligible students.

While applications must be submitted by the high school or school district (as they will be the official account holder on record for their students), we recognize the value non-profits can bring in closing the homework gap and encourage them to partner with their local schools to support the 1Million Project.

We also encourage schools to bring together and dialogue with necessary committees and local non-profits that provide student support services, as well as gauge interest among parents. A robust community support system would be beneficial for schools in managing the 1Million Project and ensuring students maximize the value of this program.

How does the 1Million Project Foundation define an eligible student who doesn’t have home internet?

Circumstances in which students can be considered as lacking reliable home internet access include:

a. No home internet access at all.

b. Multiple students in the same household, working from a single computer.

c. Internet is available at home, but at a very low bandwidth (i.e., dial upspeeds) and is not adequate for completing homework assignments.

How long will the 1Million Project Foundation be accepting applications?

We do not have an application deadline. Applications will be considered on a first come first served basis and, dependent upon receipt date, may be considered for the 2020-21 school year. We will send a notification regarding program acceptance within 30 business days following the receipt of a fully completed application and certificate of understanding.

When will I know if my organization is accepted into the program and if so, what are the next steps?

All school year 2020-21 applicants will receive a response by spring 2020 letting them know if they have been accepted into the program. If accepted into the program, the applicant will receive a formal approval email which includes detailed information on next steps, including a link to the program’s Terms and Conditions, which must be signed before school/school district can receive their devices.

How can I check on the status of my application?

Please contact us at: Phone 844-573-5289 or email 1million@1millionproject.org.

How long does the program run?

Approved program members will be enrolled in the project for its duration as long as they continue to meet program requirements as outlined in the Terms and Conditions.

Are there any required costs for participating in the program?

There are no required costs for participating in the program. The initial device for each high school student, plus an extra supply of devices that equals 5% of the school’s annual device order, will be provided by the 1Million Project Foundation and its sponsors. The extra 5% of devices is meant to help cover any devices that a student breaks or loses.

After the 5% supply is used, the program member, as the account owner of record, will be responsible for (1) purchasing any replacement devices or (2) advising the student to purchase the replacement device. Replacement devices will be available at a special price to either the program member or the student.

Schools can use the following information to factor this cost into their budgets. Inventory and pricing for replacement devices for the 1Million Project will vary depending on device availability. We anticipate the cost for replacement devices will vary between $65 and $180 depending on the type of device. We recommend organizations use the higher range as a guide for budgeting purposes. We are providing this information solely as a convenience and actual device pricing may vary at the time of an order.

Additionally, it is completely optional for high school students to purchase prepaid data refill cards at any Sprint retail store to add additional monthly high-speed data beyond the included allotment of 3GB of high-speed* LTE data per month. Without an additional prepaid refill card, students will still have unlimited data but with speeds reduced to 256 kbps. Any optional refill cards will be the high school student’s sole responsibility.

Lastly, it is recommended that approved program members identify a resource to manage the program requirements.

Why is a Certificate of Understanding required for applications?

The Certificate of Understanding summarizes the responsibilities that a district will be required to perform. These are essential to ensuring a successful program implementation. Please refer to the program administration question below for more details around district responsibilities.

Program administration questions

What are the program requirements?

We’re delighted that like us, you believe all high school students in America deserve reliable, high-speed internet access so that they can complete their homework and achieve their full potential. In support of this shared vision, the 1Million Project Foundation has identified certain program requirements that are essential in achieving a successful program implementation. 

The dedicated program owner and local school resource are two significant roles that will need to be identified by districts and schools.  These key roles will be primarily responsible for managing the below high level program requirements.

Ability to identify and support a minimum of 50 students per year who are eligible for the program.

Assigning a dedicated Program Owner who will act as the district's primary point of contact. Best practice experience show that a minimum of 10 hours per week support is needed to ensure successful program implementation.

Assigning a point of contact at each high school who is capable of spending the requisite amount of time each month to support the robust programmatic implementation at that school. This person can be the librarian, a guidance counselor, a teacher, an IT specialist, a TOSA, etc.

Attendance by the superintendent, Director of Technology (or equivalent) and Director of Teaching and Learner (or equivalent) to three annual performance review sessions. Attendance by the Program Owner to an annual 1-hour recertification interview.

Committing to storing devices in a secure location.

Ownership of the Device Management Portal, an online tool used to manage student accounts.

Attending annual device management webinars and quarterly training.

Committing to doing your best to activate and distribute devices to eligible students within prescribed timelines.

Ensuring a minimum of 75% of devices are in use each month during the school year,

Participation in one short impact survey from the 1Million Project to both the 1Million Project students and administrators.

Device/service/network questions

How do I calculate the number of devices my school will need each year?

Please use this basic calculation to help estimate a starting population of students who potentially are without internet connectivity at home. Identify your total number of high school students x Percentage of Free and Reduced Price Lunch (FRPL) x 15 percent.

This will provide you with a good estimate of the number of students in your organization that currently do not have internet access at home. Student/Parent surveys are also a helpful mechanism to validate this information.

What types of devices are offered?

We anticipate being able to offer a selection of tablets, hotspots, and smartphones. The 1Million Project Foundation will work with each school to determine what devices are needed and inventory available at the time the school places their device order. This program does not support BYOD (bring your own device) and the free service is not transferrable to non-1Million Project devices.

What is included in the free monthly service plan?

The 1Million Project provides 3GB of complimentary high-speed* LTE service per month, which, based on the 1Million Project Foundation's experience and existing research, should enable a student to complete homework assignments. Once the 3GB allotment is consumed, students continue to receive unlimited mobile Internet access at 2G levels.

Students that receive a smartphone can use it as a hotspot and for unlimited domestic calls and texts while on the Sprint network. Roaming is not available.

All participating students receive free Sprint wireless service for up to four years in high school depending on their grade when they start the program.

As students graduate from high school and transition out the 1Million Project, are they able to keep the device?

Yes, the student can keep their free device if the school, as the owner of the device, agrees to this. 

Is a content filtering service provided with each device?

Yes. A Free Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) compliant content filter will be provided with every device. This filter blocks adult content and malware while on the Sprint network. Specifically designed for the 1Million Project, this filter is always on and cannot be disabled while on the Sprint network. The provided content filter is also compatible with any existing content filtering systems the schools may have. View the online flyer (hyper link to the pdf attached below) for more information.

How can I find out if my school is located in Sprint’s network coverage?

You can enter a specific address into Sprint’s online network coverage tool to get a high-level estimate of wireless coverage. However, each application that is submitted to the 1Million Project Foundation will go through a more detailed network review that include multiple factors. This more detailed network analysis will determine if your school or school district is located within an acceptable network coverage area.

*High-speed data is 3G/4G.

[1] The 1Million Project Foundation is a public charity with 501(c)(3) status. Federal Tax ID 82-2640564. Cash donations to the 1Million Project Foundation are tax deductible.