|Dell believes access to technology is not a luxury, but a necessity. We also believe that technology is the center of human progress. Our giving initiatives apply Dell’s technology, expertise and volunteers in communities considered underserved or underrepresented for reasons such as poverty, insufficient infrastructure, geographic isolation, disability or illness.|
Technology is a powerful tool for breaking down barriers and opening up new possibilities for children around the world. It can give a child living in the streets access to the same information as the most affluent child. It can bring more educational opportunities to remote villages.
The key is connecting technology to those who need it most, and that’s where Dell comes in.
Dell’s Youth Learning program, designed to give underserved youth better access to technology - and therefore opportunities - provides grant funding, volunteers and our latest technology to non-profit partners around the world.
|Dell’s Youth Learning initiatives directly impacted more than 561,000 underserved young people in FY17 by providing them access to technology and education.|
|Youth Learning stories|
Thus far, Youth Learning programs have positively impacted over 2.3 million children worldwide. Here are stories of four of those children and how technology has enhanced their education.
Our partners improving the lives of children every day by helping them learn about and use technology, gain 21st century skills and enable brighter futures. Here are some of their stories.
Dell Inc. and Stanford’s Rural Education Action Program (REAP) doubled rural students’ test scores by providing online learning opportunities.
|Dell Learning Labs|
Our pioneering solar-powered Dell Learning Labs program uses solar-powered storage containers, converted into well-lit and ventilated classrooms, to bring technology-based learning to communities without reliable electricity.
|Girls Who Code|
Dell and Girls Who Code are working together to help underrepresented girls around the US to learn valuable computer science skills.
|Dell's Youth Learning partners|
|African-American Men and Boys Harvest||Austin||The African American Youth Harvest Foundation’s (AAYHF) Sugar CODERS, offers after school, summer camp and conference programming. Sugar CODERS breaks down economic barriers by offering free of charge STEM summer learning opportunities to prevent learning loss, connecting students with service to their community in their after school program, and giving them the power to discover better possibilities through our conferences.|
|Thinkery - the New Austin Childen’s Museum||Austin||Thinkery’s EdExchange Program addresses the need for high-quality, relevant computer science and technology-centered educational experiences for underserved youth by increasing educators' capacity to deliver and support these programs and curriculum. Thinkery staff join educators in the classroom to equip and inspire the next generation of future problem solvers. Additionally, through professional development opportunities, the EdExchange Program encourages participants from schools, ISDs, libraries, and nonprofits to thoughtfully work collaboratively and learn from each other’s experiences.|
|Boys & Girls Clubs of Austin||Austin||The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area’s (BGCAA) offers several technology programs that address the need for engaging underserved youth in technology to develop skills for future careers. Through various curriculum sets, their technology program is designed to improve club youths’ reading, writing, science, and math skills while increasing knowledge of STEM and related computer science careers. Specifically trained STEM educators serve as mentors for youth as they pair with clubs for continuous classes throughout the semester. The basis of computer science’s continuous problem-solving mindset also benefits youth on intrapersonal levels, furthering BGCAA’s approach to holistic child education.|
|Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley||San Jose||BGCSV offers "My.Future" which is a technology initiative designed to teach club members the technology skills required to thrive in today’s digital world. My.Future develops the 21st century skills of their members; critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, citizenship and communication—with digital literacy as the integrating skill set.|
|Citizen Schools partners with middle schools to expand the learning day for underserved children in low-income communities. AmeriCorps educators and volunteer professionals from corporate and higher-education institutions teach real-world learning projects and provide academic support, make learning relevant and help build students’ aspirations about their future careers. 140 employee engagement applied sciences apprenticeship opportunities available for Dell employees.|
|First in Texas||Round Rock||FIRST® Robotics programs inspire young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in team robot-building competitions. FIRST in Texas offers a hands-on, mentor-based programs that allows for a safe environment to explore engineering, design, fabrication, programming (technical), as well as the business side of developing a start-up (business models/plans, marketing plans, presentations, communication, outreach) - the soft skills.|
|GENaustin||Austin||"clubGEN" is a weekly after school program for girls in grades 3 - 8. At clubGEN, girls participate in engaging activities and discussion that centers around being a girl. Girls come to clubGEN to feel supported by their mentors and peers, to learn new skills, and most of all, to have fun! Some of the themes covered in club are healthy relationships, body image, self-esteem, and communication. clubGEN includes a special initiative called "GirlConnect". These activities expose girls to 21st century and STEAM skills, to best prepare them for successful lives and futures.|
|Girls Inc.||Dallas||Through Girls Inc. of Dallas' technology centers, girls engage in a wide variety of ICT skill development programs which prepare girls for college and STEM careers.|
|Girlstart’s mission is to increase girls’ interest and engagement in STEM through innovative, nationally-recognized informal STEM education programs. Founded in Austin, in 1997, Girlstart is one of the few community-based informal education programs in the nation specifically dedicated to empowering and equipping K–12 girls in ICT and STEM. Girlstart develops and implements innovative, research-based education and mentorship programs designed to promote girls’ early engagement and academic success in ICT/STEM, encourage postsecondary aspirations and persistence in the ICT/STEM pipeline among women and other under-represented groups, and develop a diverse ICT/STEM workforce for the 21st century.|
|Girls Who Code||Throughout USA||KISS Institute for Practical Robotics (KIPR) is expanding their highly successful Junior Botball Challenge program in the greater Oklahoma City area to serve educators and students in the Round Rock and Austin, Texas area. The Junior Botball Challenge program provides equipment, software, curriculum and professional development to elementary educators (K-6) to enable them to teach their students to write computer code (C language) coupled with real-life applications of the engineering design process.|
|Girl Scouts USA||Alameda, CA|
|Girl Scouts of the USA and Dell are collaborating to close the technology gap with Digital Cookie, a program enabling Girl Scouts to sell cookies to friends and family online. 2017 marks the 100th year of the first known sale of cookies by Girl Scouts, and now Digital Cookie gives girls—through their own personal websites—the opportunity to take their cookie business to the next level. It preps them for future success in the digital world by teaching them vital twenty-first century technology and entrepreneurial skills.|
|JASON Learning||Central Texas||JASON Learning in partnerships with Dell and 9 school districts are boosting K12 STEM achievement to public schools in the Greater Austin metropolitan area. Working closely with school district leadership and focusing on underserved youth in the critical middle grade age range (5-9), JASON will develop 20 educators as special program coaches, deliver extensive training to 225 science teachers, provide access to our comprehensive digital STEM curriculum platform to 237,000 students, and engage entire communities in the excitement of real science and technology to foster a thriving, supportive culture of STEM learning.|
|Keep Austin Beautiful||Austin||Keep Austin Beautiful (KAB) offers a program called "Green Teens" which provides environmental education, inspires environmental stewardship, and promotes youth leadership in underserved Austin neighborhoods. Through weekly activities KAB works to facilitate the education of middle and high school youth about horticulture, sound environmental practices, resource conservation, and restoration. These activities and lessons empower them to serve as role models and instructors in their communities to educate younger youth and influence their local communities.|
|KISS Institute for Practical Robots||Austin|
|KISS Institute for Practical Robotics (KIPR) is expanding their highly successful Junior Botball Challenge program in the greater Oklahoma City area to serve educators and students in the Round Rock and Austin, Texas area. The Junior Botball Challenge program provides equipment, software, curriculum and professional development to elementary educators (K-6) to enable them to teach their students to write computer code (C language) coupled with real-life applications of the engineering design process.|
|Silicon Valley||Peninsula Bridge offers a "Explore Computer Science" curriculum which is designed to demystify Computer Science and Coding via a year-round education program. Peninsula Bridge aims to teach the foundational computer science skills through engaging, project-based curriculum; thereby connecting students to the possibilities of a career in computer science.|
|Perot Museum of Nature and Science||Dallas||The Perot Museum in partnership with Dell have created two mobile innovation trucks that bring science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) learning into underserved neighborhoods of the Dallas/Fort Worth region. The Perot Museum TECH (Tinker. Engineer. Create. Hack) Truck, powered by Dell, will provides free, out-of-school educational and interactive programs, including drop-in sessions and mini-camps, to children and families in low-income neighborhoods using no- and low-tech activities as well as high-tech experiences. The program is designed to reach people who – for a variety of reasons – do not or cannot engage with the Museum at its physical location.|
|Urban League OKC||Oklahoma City||The STEM Education and Career Development Program at Urban League of OKC leverages the PEAK (Perfecting Education and Academics in Kids) program, taking a proactive approach to addressing student deficiency through activities, partnership, and resources necessary to expand the academic enrichment, life skills and support for students. The program will provide the necessary academic remediation and social intervention which is different from the highly structured regular school day learning environment.|
|YWCA Nashville/Girls Inc.||Nashville||Girls Inc. at YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee supports a spring-break camp, and summer camp for at-risk girls in Nashville, TN. YWCA to provide hands-on ICT technology activities to address critical thinking, creativity, communication, collaboration and encourage girls to develop an enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.|
|Junior Achievement||Brazil||Through their Entrepreneurship Learning Project, Junior Achievement takes students step-by-step through a process that works. Students partner with volunteers to learn leadership skills, identify business opportunities, set goals, develop a business plan, create a marketing strategy, launch a product, report to shareholders and write an annual report all using Dell technology as the spring board to make this happen. The intent is to help is to build the next set of entrepreneurs.|
|Colombia Computer Aid - Tiempo de Juego||Colombia||Provide life skills in children and young people from vulnerable communities, through sports, cultural and recreational activities.|
|UNETE||Mexico||The Dell/UNETE project has implemented Dell technology and an ICT curriculum in 24 schools located in Hidalgo, Estado de Mexico, Jalisco, Nuevo Leon and Sinaloa. In 2013 and 2014, the project will expand by implementing Dell technology in 291 schools across Mexico to continue with the ICT curriculum to 57,000+ students and development of 2,600+ teacher’s in those schools.|
|Movimiento Deportivo, Social y Nueva Generacion (MNG)||Panama||Focused on early prevention, MNG targets young people from 4 to 18 to help them build their self-esteem and provide them with cultural, sporting, and information and communication technology tools and training. In 2013-14, MNG will expand to two more community centers (for a total of seven) in El Chorrillo and Santa Ana that will impact 900 children and 30 teachers.|
|Fondation Agir Contre l'Exclusion (FACE)||France||Fondation Agir Contre l’Exclusion dedicated to developing and promoting innovative action to combat exclusion by enhancing education, training and employability. The program provides vocational guidance, training and links to occupational internships to help thousands of junior high students from economically challenged areas. We are working with FACE to close the gap in technology through multiple innovative projects, one of them: “Wi-Filles” is focusing on reducing the gender gap by inspiring and equipping 14 to 16 year-old girls from deprived areas with skills and resources to pursue opportunities in the field of computing. |
FACE is developing future professionals.
|Camara||Ireland||Camara is an international charity that operates as a social enterprise that uses technology to deliver 21st century skills, and as such improve education in disadvantaged communities around the world. Camara is combining their training expertise with our technology to ensure effective Solar Powered Learning Labs deployment in Africa.|
|Action for Children||United Kingdom||Action For Children is working since 1869 to make sure every child and young person has the love, support and opportunity they need to reach their potential. We are committed to help Action for Children to ensure that vulnerable young people are able to access technology and successfully connect with the digital world. One of their key programs: Inspire IT has been a vital part of support provided to young people with complex and challenging lives giving them the opportunity to enhance their education and career opportunities. The program brings project staff and young people together to clearly identify barriers and needs, address fears and frustrations, and demonstrate the transformational impact of enabling access to online learning, new technologies and a digital curriculum.|
|Computer Aid International||United Kingdom||Computer Aid is one of the leading ICT for development - ICT4D - organization, providing low cost solutions using ICT to tackle poverty and to overcome disadvantage, working closely with local communities. Integral to their approach is providing the training so desperately needed; not just computer competency but ensuring that ICT is integrated into curriculums that seek to enhance life chances and provide equal opportunity to those otherwise disadvantaged. Computer Aid is combining their expertise with our technology to ensure the deployment of Solar Powered Learning Labs in locations suffering from lack of access to electricity to reduce the technology gap for the most underserved. The first deployment was in Nigeria ( 2011 ) and we are working on expansion plans in Kenya and South Africa.|
|Transformation Trust||United Kingdom||Powering Transformation focuses on how young people view their community and what they see as their biggest challenge. Schools taking part in the program will have access to Dell’s latest high-tech equipment for one week which will be based at the school. In that week schools will choose an issue that is important to them and the changes they would like to see. Schools will create two parallel representations using the technology available to them: one illustrating how they see their community now; the other showing how they would like their community to be. Each school will enter a submission. The technology will be part of a traveling kit that will go from school to school.|
|China Education Development Foundation (CEDF)||China||CEDF supports 68 ICT classrooms in 15 provinces and will help Grade 3 to 6 students (9-12 years old) to learn mathematics, science, Chinese and English by leveraging the connected classrooms. By providing training to the teachers in rural areas and establishing online platform to encourage best practice sharing, the teaching and learning activities will be conducted in a connected environment, providing rural and urban children an opportunity to foster their 21st Century Skills.|
|China Youth Development Foundation (CYDF)||China||CYDF has added Dell Learning Centers in 15 new schools in 2013, with eight centers in vulnerable provinces like Inner Mongolia/ Shaanxi, taking the total to 70 Dell Learning Centers in 35 cities in China. Approx. 10,000 students from the new schools are expected to participate in the popular Scratch programing & robotic programing training initiatives to enhance student’s creativity and confidence. Additionally, 1,300 teachers will be trained to support the students for the two initiatives.|
|REAP||China||The Rural Education Action Program (REAP) is an impact evaluation organization that aims to inform sound education, health and nutrition policy in China. REAP’s goal is to help students from vulnerable communities in China enhance their human capital and overcome obstacles to education so that they can escape poverty and better contribute to China’s developing economy.|
|Agastya International Foundation||India||The Dell-Agastya iMobile Science Lab’s unique digital literacy curriculum is aligned to the science curriculum and combines it with Agastya’s hands-on science learning experiments. The program makes for vibrant and affordable learning for computer naïve, non-English speaking students from economically disadvantaged populations in two cities – Noida and Bangalore.|
|American India Foundation||India||American India Foundation (AIF) leverages expertise gained from Dell Connected Classroom to impact more than 90,000 kids across five Indian cities and will provide ICT training to 2,500 young teachers. Through the edusat program it is proposed to reach over 100,000 students and 13,000 teachers in 3,300 government schools in the state of Punjab.|
|Dream-a-Dream||India||The Dell Youth Learning grant will continue to support Dream A Dream’s two career connect centers in Bangalore that will enable over 3500 young adults to undergo life skills development and spoken English programs as well as vocational training programs.|
|Hope Foundation||India||The Hope Foundation initiative supports the eight existing Dell Computer Centers and with the Dell Youth Learning grant, extends the reach to provide learning through technology to 9,000 beneficiaries by including additional centers in Tamil Nadu and Telengan.|
|Humana India||India||Humana People to People continues to operate the existing Dell Study Center and Step-up Center in Gurgaon and Necessary Teacher Training in DIET in Faridabad and add two new Step-up centers. Dell youth learning program enables funding the education children from the first to seventh grade to support their entry into the mainstream educational system. The Dell Youth Learning grant also allows Humana People to People, India to launch three-month computer training courses for youth.|
|Learning Links||India||Learning Links Foundation through its programs supports technology innovations in education and social development domains. It leverages Dell’s tablets and cloud computing to provide anytime anywhere learning experience to approximately 30,000 school students. At least 3,500 community youth will be empowered with 21st century skills and entrepreneurial skills through the outreach program.|
|Literacy India||India||With the help of the Dell Youth Learning grant, Dell computer labs in Literacy India centers in India will be equipped with specially-designed software, designed to help compress the curriculum and reduce classroom time by an hour a day to help advance kids who have missed school.|
|Sikshana Foundation||India||Sikshana’s Dell-funded project covers 204 schools in Karnataka and furthers Sikshana’s mission to use technology in innovative ways to improve the process of learning and skill building in children.|
|Childhope Asia Philippines (CHAP)||Philippines||Childhope Asia Philippines (CHAP) helps homeless and poverty-stricken children by providing educational opportunities outside a traditional school setting. The Dell-funded Computer Literacy project helps 500 underprivileged street children and out-of-school youth to learn how to read, write and do math, as well as other life skills. Aided by two mobile education vans, educators will teach at 20 selected locations daily at select locations where the children are typically found, such as parks.|
|Children's Joy Foundation Inc.||Philippines||CJFI will utilize the power of computer technology to increase the knowledge and skills of marginalized children and youth. At two centers in Manila, beneficiaries will enhance their information technology skills through formal and informal learning.|
|MINDS||Singapore||MINDS (Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore) caters to the educational, vocational, social and welfare needs of persons with intellectual disabilities. Dell provides tablets, touch screen monitors and servers that help the organization provide a better learning experience.|
|Bayti||Morocco||Bayti provides technology training to disadvantaged children in four centers: a transitional center for street children and children at risk, a shelter for fostering and rehabilitation, a socio-educational and cultural center and a farm school in Kénitra. Bayti is adding another center in Essaouira to benefit from the most engaged technology program.|
|SOS Children's Villages||Morocco||SOS Youth Village programs provide hundreds of students with computers, and educator and student training. The programs address IT skills and overall academic support.|
|Christel House South Africa||South Africa||The children who attend Christel House SA come from very impoverished, abusive homes where a meal a day is a luxury and technology is only a dream. Christel House SA provides education and training — including ICT training — to hundreds of children and youth, so they can acquire the skills they need to become employable South Africans. It also supports students’ education with basic needs, including two meals and two snacks per day, transport to and from home, a school uniform, medical care, social healthcare, sports programs, art and culture and extramural activities.|
|Sci-Bono Discovery Centre||South Africa||The Sci-Bono Discovery Centre's goal is to promote awareness of and interest in careers in science, engineering and technology. It offers science and technology exhibitions, programs, activities and events. Sci-Bono also provides learning experiences and training to educators, scholars and the public. The entire Science Centre is powered by Dell technology inclusive of a learning lab that teaches a variety of ICT classes such as technology certification programs, coding and many software usage classes.|
|SHAWCO||South Africa||The Dell Youth Learning program provides hundreds of SHAWCO’s students with access to quality teaching and gives them skills that increase their opportunities for a higher education. It also provides business opportunities to local small businesses and IT training, internet access and facilities to the local community and other surrounding nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). In 2013-14, we will be expanding to a rural area with the solar-powered classroom to reach those children who have little or no access to technology training.|