Dell, Inc. has announced grants totaling $2.4 million to twenty-six nonprofit organizations working to close the learning gap among underserved youth in eleven states where Dell employees work and live.
Awarded through the company's Youth Learning Initiative, the grants will be used to provide students with information communications technology skills that help 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 also donate their expertise and serve as role models and mentors to participating youth.
Grant recipients include Skillpoint Alliance in Austin, Texas, in support of a program that engages young people in team robot-building competitions; the Urban League of Oklahoma City for a project aimed at nurturing the learning strengths, interests, and capacities of young people of color who attend poorly performing schools; Youth Villages in Nashville to help launch the organization's New Frontiers project, which provides children with special needs access to a Dell computer and Dell’s assistive technology services; and Girl Scouts USA to promote the newly released Be the Video Game Developer program and curriculum and a related PSA contest.
"Dell's Youth Learning Initiative is incredibly important to our team members and the communities where we live and work," said Dell vice president of corporate responsibility Trisa Thompson. "We are especially excited about this year’s partners, each of whom embodies our commitment to using technology to empower children and enable the success of future generations."