Youth Learning

There are 72 million children worldwide who are not in school and lack access to the facilities, teachers and the technology they need for a better education. Dell believes that access to education and technology is not a luxury, but a necessity. That’s why we work directly with non-profit organizations around the world to close the learning gap and give young people the power to discover better possibilities.Dell Youth Learning

How it works

Dell provides grant funding, as well as our latest technology. A local Dell Champion manages the deployment and upkeep of Dell systems and solutions, and local team members volunteer their time to support the organization’s needs. Dell also addresses any basic or community needs that might hamper a child’s ability to learn, such as food or security. This shared responsibility between Dell and the community — supported by Dell volunteers — brings about real learning opportunities and change.

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Our partners span the globe

Dell’s Youth Learning initiatives directly impacted more than 415,000 underserved young people in FY16 by providing them access to technology and education. We delivered our programs by working with our 62 Youth Learning partners in 15 countries: Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, France, India, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Panama, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, the U.K. and the U.S.

Dell provides our Youth Learning partners with grant funding, our latest technology and our team members expertise. A local Dell ambassador (team member) manages our engagement with the partner, including deployment of technology and Dell team member volunteers. Sometimes we also address basic needs, such as food or security, which might hamper a child’s ability to learn. This shared responsibility between Dell and the community fosters meaningful learning opportunities and change.

Reimagining the classroom to reach new communities

As Dell and our partners assess each community’s unique barriers to accessing technology, many of our creative solutions involve reimagining traditional learning models. The pioneering solar-powered Dell Learning Labs
, which we launched in FY14, uses solar-powered storage containers, converted into well-lit and ventilated classrooms, to bring technology-based learning to communities without reliable electricity. In FY16, we expanded the program by installing six new Dell Learning Labs in South Africa (four with our partner Sci-Bono and two with our partner SHAWCO). Note that we also opened two more labs in early FY17—one in South Africa, with Sci-Bono, and one in Cazuca, Colombia (just outside Bogota) with Tiempo de Juego. As of early FY17, this brings our total to 11 labs—nine in South Africa, one in Nigeria, and one in Colombia.

To create the solar-powered Dell Learning Labs, we outfit a shipping container with solar panels that power 100 percent of the energy-efficient Dell technology inside. The solution is composed of an air-cooled server, Dell Wyse™ thin clients and vWorkspace™.

This solution uses less than 4 percent of the energy of a typical PC. In addition to providing all equipment, Dell also funds ongoing Internet access for the labs. We also work with and provide funding to local charity partners  to create an information and communications technology curriculum (ICT) specifically for students using the labs. For example, in South Africa our partner Sci-Bono is using the labs to bring their Computer Clubhouse after-school program to girls and rural youth; two groups that are still under-represented within the IT sector. The Computer Clubhouse curriculum allows these learners to use multimedia technologies and collaborate with youth from around the world as they explore music, art, computer-aided design and programming.

Youth Learning and Powering the Possible

Youth Learning

We're working with organizations around the world to close the learning gap for students that may not have access to quality education tools.

Partner  Location Description
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  Georgetown, Texas 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.
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 afterschool 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 Austin
Silicon Valley
 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
Bedford, NH
Oklahoma City
 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.
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
Oklahoma City
Round Rock
 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.

Peninsula Bridge

 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.
Partner  Location Description
Junior Achievement
 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.
 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.
Partner  Location  Description
Fondation Agir Contre l'Exclusion (FACE) France  FACE is 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. In 2013-14, the Dell project will be implementing a girls program in Saint Denis focusing on a series of ICT workshops and mentoring from Dell team members.

FACE is developing future professionals.
Action for Children United Kingdom  Action for Children developed Inspire IT to provide vital technology training for young people with limited access to technology, giving them the opportunity to enhance their education and career opportunities. The program works with project staff and young people together to clearly identify barriers and needs, address fears and frustrations, and demonstrate impact.
Computer Aid - Nigeria United Kingdom Provides technology, internet connection and education throughout 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.
Partner  Location  Description
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.
Christel House India India  Since 2006, Dell has worked with Christel House India in support of its mission to make a lasting difference for the country’s impoverished children. With the help of the Dell Youth Learning grant, the training of 35 teachers, in middle and high school, in the use of technology as assessment and evaluation tools, and their use of digital educational learning materials will enhance quality of learning.

Concern India Foundation
 Through the Dell-funded computer literacy training program, Concern India Foundation hopes to increase the employment opportunities for more than 500 urban slum youth in Bangalore and Noida.
Connect Teach India ConnecTeach is a non-profit organization that provides quality professional development for teachers in underserved schools around the world. Their highly qualified volunteer educators provide teachers in these schools the tools they need to create stimulating learning environments, including on-site professional development, mentoring and certification in effective teaching practices. ConnecTeach will continue to work with Hope Foundation schools to develop their teachers and integrate technologies in the learning of their students.
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.
Janaagraha India  Bala Janaagraha provides local-level civic education to students of grade VIII in 60 schools in Bangalore. It aims to transform today’s children into active citizens of tomorrow using practical research projects and technology-based learning.
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.
TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute)  India  The Dell-supported TERI Climate EduXchange Project reaches out to students from 30 schools, mainly from marginalized background in six NCR, Bangalore and Hyderabad, to offer access to technology and harness the potential of information and communication technology (ICT) skills in spreading environmental awareness.

The Climate EduXchange is raising awareness of environmental issues in India's schools.
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.
 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.
UNICEF Morocco Morocco  Through 30 youth centers established by the Moroccan Ministry of Youth, UNICEF provides thousands of young people with access to technology and ICT training, helping to increase their employability. The program targets those who live in the poorest and most vulnerable areas. In 2013 and 2014, Dell will be providing a traveling bus with technology that will target 20 remote/rural community centres to deliver ICT training to youth that would not normally have access to technology.
Al Fath Morocco  Al Fath is a school for deaf children that uses technology to create new ways for students to learn. Al Fath's objective is to encourage and support the students in their learning so that they grow to be independent and successful adults.
Computer Aid International Nigeria With Dell support, Computer Aid International is providing a ZubaBox located in Nigeria – a mobile classroom fitted with Dell equipment and powered by solar panels.
LEAP Africa Nigeria LEAP Africa hopes to support and empower underserved youth in Nigeria by closing the technology gap and providing training in information and communications technology skills. The program seeks to train 100 students and 13 teachers on the use of ICT by utilizing a solar powered classroom to teach the children through a Dell partnership with ComputerAid. The program will be piloted in a public secondary school in Ikeja, Lagos where most of the students come from low- income households and have limited access to computers.
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.
The Johannesburg Institue of Social Services (JISS) South Africa JISS is a child and family welfare institute that includes a school in Lenasia for children with special needs and a program for severely mentally challenged children. Dell technology will help these children to better communicate, especially non-verbally.
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.

The Sci-Bono Discovery Centre the only full-service career center in South Africa.
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.