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Youth Innovation Advisors

Youth Innovation Advisors

Next-generation learning, designed by learners


Today’s students are tomorrow’s staff — and what and how they learn now will shape the caliber of the workforce we have later. That’s why Dell has chosen a group of 12 Under 22 entrepreneurs and leaders in education to serve as Youth Innovation Advisors (YIA), sharing with us their ideas about how to address the biggest challenges facing students and young visionaries today.

Dell believes students deserve a seat at the educational technology table to encourage them to make a direct impact on technology use in schools around the world. As the ultimate end users of the technology that schools deploy, the Dell 12 Under 22 will test, review and investigate future Dell education technology and solutions. They’ll use their first-hand understanding of modern learning environments to enlighten how technology and services can lead to better experiences in and outside of the classroom.

Using their insights and networks that rely on both social media and one-to-one relationships, YIA members will engage with educators, administrators and students to serve as advocates for the student voice. They’ll also maintain a working relationship with Dell strategists to ensure that we’re providing students with the tools they need to succeed in college and career.

Other key priorities the YIA team will tackle include:
  • Addressing development of next-generation skills, student entrepreneurship, access to technology, connectivity in schools and other areas that affect student preparation for the future
  • Representing, inspiring and mentoring other students to engage in their respective learning communities
  • Recommending innovative recruitment strategies to help Dell achieve the 25 percent university recruiting commitment laid out in the company’s 2020 Legacy of Good Plan
  • Working closely with Student Voice, a completely student-run, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization dedicated to strengthening student-led initiatives around the world

This distinctive dozen of young leaders and entrepreneurs has the potential to shape technology products and services for students and educators around the world — but who are they? Get to know the YIA superstars better.

  1. Highlights from Dell Lounge in the Park at SXSWedu

    Watch our video to get a glimpse of the conversations and events shared by hundreds of students, teachers, administrators, technologists and other education experts at the Dell Lounge in the Park during SXSWedu.

  2. Dell Empowers the Student Voice in Education by Launching Youth Innovation Advisors Program

    Read our press realease announcing 12 young leaders under the age of 22 named as Dell Youth Innovation Advisors (YIA),who will contribute to the development of our education technology and solutions strategy.

  3. Direct2Dell Blog: Student Voice Excited to Launch New Youth Innovation Advisors with Dell

    Read what Dell Youth Innovation Advisor (YIA) and Student Voice founder Zak Malamed has to say about the impact of the YIA group on student contributions to educational technology

  4. Twitter List

    See what topics our Youth Innovation advisors are tweeting about today.