Dell recently announced its plan to donate $2.4 million to 50 charities benefiting underserved youth across the United States as part of its youth learning initiative. Through technology, education, training and grants, Dell will provide underserved communities the resources they need to succeed in a connected and globalized society. The initiative is part of Powering the Possible, Dell’s commitment to put its technology and expertise to work where it can do the most good for people and the planet.
Dell’s Powering the Possible youth learning initiative works to close the learning gap that exists for millions of youth around the world who may not have access to quality programs. The initiative is aimed at teaching students important information and communications technology (ICT) skills to prepare them for school, work and life; maximizing their learning ability through technology access; and increasing their potential in a highly technological, global world. In addition, Dell team members volunteer their time and expertise to help grant recipients and serve as role models and mentors to youth.
All programs and charities, selected through a rigorous process, share the vision to prepare youth for success through the development of ICT skills. Details on the 50 charities and the programs selected can be viewed at www.dell.com/youthlearningpartners.
“Children are learning in new ways, connecting with other people and gaining valuable skills. But it’s not just about the technology; it’s about preparing young people for success. This shared responsibility between Dell and the community brings about real learning opportunities and real change,” explains Trisa Thompson, vice president of Corporate Responsibility at Dell. “It’s about helping youth discover more possibilities, because when they’re connected, their worldview becomes much wider and they better understand the opportunities that lie ahead.”
Learning how to think critically, solve problems, communicate, and collaborate are foundational skills to advance careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) — an important component of Dell’s commitment to education. Many of the recipients focus on advancing programs to support STEM.
One such example is Girl Scouts USA, the premier national leadership development organization for girls. Through Dell’s involvement with five local councils and the national organization, GSUSA, the “Journey and Connect Through Technology Program” has introduced young girls to ICT concepts and helped them gain skills that promote critical thinking and teamwork. Through this grant, Dell will underwrite the development of a “Be the Video Game Designer” program and curriculum. The program engages girls in ICT and STEM skills by putting them in the driver’s seat as they choose avatars, storylines and other video game features that will inform the development of a new video game to be available on the GSUSA website.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Dell on this exciting project,” said Anna Maria Chávez, chief executive officer, Girl Scouts of the USA. “Technology and all of the STEM fields are essential to our nation’s future and we at Girl Scouts are committed to exposing our girls to the amazing possibilities that STEM careers have to offer, from environmental science to computer engineering to designing that next generation of video games. And not only does this project expose girls to technology, but it also allows them to take the lead.”
Education plays a vital role in breaking the cycle of poverty and inequality in underdeveloped communities. Since 2009, Dell’s youth learning initiative has reached more than 2.7 million children across 1,000 communities through more than 50 global partnerships. To see Dell’s programs in action, watch this video. To learn more, visit www.dell.com/communities.