Verizon has a long history of supporting quality educational resources and programs.
We're using technology to prepare students for success in the 21st century. Our comprehensive strategy leverages mobile technology, award-winning free digital content, and teacher training for schools and organizations; all focused on increasing student interest and achievement in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
Below you'll find just a few examples of how we're working to reach our goals. Please also visit the Verizon Foundationto learn more.
Powerful Answers Awards
On Jan. 8, 2014, Verizon announced the five Powerful Answers Award winners in the education category.
They winning teams delivered a wide range of solutions, from apps to help children with autism and those who teach them, to apps that teach financial literacy to students, to apps that help children with developmental delays. The other winners are a solution that lets kids build their own apps and an online educational platform focused on women’s advancement as leaders. [ Learn More ]
TinyTap- $1 million – a growing social platform where children, parents, schools and special needs teachers can easily create and share educational games that can be tailored to suit a child’s unique learning needs.
Zapatalism/LavaMind- $850,000 – a financial literacy app from LavaMind that specializes in creating business simulation games.
BridgingApps/Easter Seals Greater Houston- $700,000 – an initiative that provides access to the mobile technology and applications needed to enable children with special needs to communicate for the first time, participate in the classroom and exceed educational goals.
WebTeam Corporation- $500,000 – a solution that uses mobile and touch-screen computing to create new products and autism intervention services for the education and healthcare industries.
WomenLEAD, Inc.- $285,000 – an online educational platform designed to accelerate women’s advancement as leaders using social networking, online training and mentorships through an online “Personal Advisory Board” platform.
Youth and Family Alternatives
Verizon Foundation presented a $10,000 grant award to Youth and Family Alternatives. Youth and Family Alternativesworks in a collaborative partnership with families and communities to establish, maintain, and enhance a nurturing and safe environment for children.
Funding will support the Life Skills education program intended to build life skills, increase knowledge, educate youth about alternatives to running away and encourage youth to access help from trusted community members. The program includes Communication and Listening; Peers and Families; Roles and Responsibilities; Anger Management; Stress Reduction and more.
Summer Reading Program Helping Miami Kids Excel
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Miamiis a safe, fun place for kids. But it also is a place of learning. The organization puts a high priority on the academic achievements of the kids in its care. The Summer Reading Program provides a safe, comfortable environment for Miami children to discover classic tales, stay up with new stories and stretch their imaginations.
This year, the Verizon Foundation and Motorola have joined long-time supporter Verizon Wireless in providing funds and other resources to help Miami Boys & Girls Clubs kids. The Foundation provided a $10,000 grant to for the Education Program, and Motorola teamed up with Verizon Wireless to donate numerous XYBOARDand other wireless tablets for the Summer Reading Program.
Powered by the Wind, Miami Schoolkids Hit the Airwaves
Students at Miami’s David Lawrence Jr. K – 8 Center used their brains, expert help from teacher/parent volunteers and a grant from Verizon to create “Dolphin Radio,” an innovative wind-powered radio station to broadcast school news and information.
“Dolphin Radio” began broadcasting in the last few days of this school year as a test run for the start of the new school year in August 2012.
The idea for the project was spawned when Futterman earned an $8,000 grant fromtheVerizon Foundation. It was part of a $48,000 S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, math) grant from Verizon to numerous Miami-Dade schools.
Powerful Answers - TinyTap
TinyTap- A growing social platform where children, parents, schools and special needs teachers can easily create and share educational games that can be tailored to suit a child’s unique learning needs.
Verizon Thinkfinity (www.thinkfinity.org) is a free comprehensive educational website that provides tens of thousands of free educational resources including standards-based K-12 lesson plans, videos, podcasts, interactive games and printable worksheets. Learn more at www.thinkfinity.org.