Recipients of the grants are working to provide students with information communications technology skills that prepare them for school, work, and life; maximize their learning ability through technology access; and increase their preparation for careers in the twenty-first century economy. As part of the initiative, Dell employees will donate their expertise and serve as role models and mentors to participating youth.
The lone two-year commitment announced by the company was to Girls Scouts USA in support of its Journey and Connect Through Technology program, which engages underserved girls in information communications technology (ICT) and STEM-related learning and is developing a program called Be the Video Game Designer. Other grants were awarded to Austin-based Girlstart, the University of Texas Elementary School, and Genesys Works in Minnesota.
"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," said the company's vice president of corporate responsibility, Trisa Thompson. "This shared responsibility between Dell and the community brings about real learning opportunities and real change. 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."
For a complete list of grant recipients, visit the Dell Web site.