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Minority males, namely African-Americans and Latinos, face tremendous obstacles navigating the American educational system. Often, these young men have less access to advanced STEM courses and hands-on STEM programs. They are also more likely to be taught by inexperienced teachers and they are underrepresented in gifted programs and advanced placement classes. One key challenge has been high school graduation rates. Many believe technology and digital communications have the ability to move the graduation needle for minority male students. However, as digital communications and the Internet become increasingly pervasive, minority males continue to lack access to the types of programs which can enable them to fully participate in the digital revolution. Providing access to programs with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) enrichment and skills can be the ticket to keeping these students in school and cultivating their success.
The Verizon Foundation, through its education initiative Verizon Innovative Learning (VIL), develops measurable STEM education programs from the ground-up, putting technology in students' hands and giving them experience in solving real world problems. In partnership with leading educational nonprofit organizations, Verizon Foundation's mission is to inspire students to pursue careers in STEM to create better futures not only for themselves but also for their communities and for the world.
The 2019-2021 VIL program will focus on providing STEM and entrepreneurial skills to underserved middle school minority males throughout the school year, beginning with a three-week, hands-on summer camp hosted by HBCU & HSI campuses, followed by monthly after-school activities through the host campus, including local and virtual field trips and ongoing mentorship from adult male mentors working in STEM fields.
We and the participating community colleges are excited to join Verizon’s mission in ensuring that all children have an equal opportunity to a brighter future in a digital economy as partners under Verizon Innovative Learning. Through this program, middle school boys will learn skills like coding, 3D printing, augmented and virtual reality and entrepreneurship through on-campus summer intensive courses, as well as monthly engagements during the school year. To learn more, please visit www.VerizonInnovativeLearning.com.
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