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.
Verizon Champions Innovative STEM Programs at 4 Florida Schools
The Verizon Innovate Learning Grant program recognizes and supports promising initiatives to increase STEM learning and interest in K-12 schools. The winners are among 80 schools nationwide to receive a grant to improve STEM education. Four Florida public schools received a $20,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation for their creative STEM programs:
Bay Point Middle School, St. Petersburg
Just for Girls Academy, Bradenton
Miami Jackson Senior High School, Miami
Hamilton Elementary, Sanford
Frameworks of Tampa Bay
On November 6, Verizon presented a $15,000 foundation grant to Frameworks of Tampa Bay. Frameworks mission is to teach youth to manage their emotions, develop healthy relationships, and make good decisions for academic, career and personal success. Funding will support the Frameworks curriculum at Van Buren Middle School to increase students' social and emotional learning (SEL) skills by targeting three critical areas: resistance skills, personal-self-management skills, and general social skills with information relevant to important life challenges that youth face. Using culturally sensitive and developmentally appropriate language and content, Frameworks will build protective factors against drug and alcohol use, aggressive behavior, and domestic/dating violence situations.
Girls Who Code
40 South Florida high school students recently celebrated their graduation from the Girls Who Code computer science summer immersion program. They successfully completed the seven-week program which focused on closing the technology gender gap by inspiring girls to pursue education and careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. The Miami-based program was funded by the Verizon Foundation in partnership with Girls Who Code. Verizon Foundation president Rose Stuckey Kirk, was the keynote speaker at the graduation event and surprised all 40 of the graduates with laptop computers provided by Samsung. Congratulations to all of the graduates!
Pinellas Education Foundation
The Verizon Foundation presented a $15,000 grant to thePinellas Education Foundation. The funding will also support Enterprise Village, where students establish an understanding of the free-enterprise system. Over 13,000 students each year participate in this 6 week classroom curriculum and day at Enterprise Village.
Pictured (L to R): Verizon's Terrance Herring and Sam Satin; State Senator Jeff Brandes; and Cathy Collins - Chair of the Pinellas County Education Foundation Board of Directors.
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 ]
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.
Verizon Supports Girls in STEM
Women are hugely outnumbered in engineering and computing jobs. In fact, women make up half of the U.S. workforce, but hold just 25% of the jobs in technical or computing fields. As a technology company, we recognize the enormous contributions women make in STEM fields, and the importance of encouraging of love of science, technology, engineering and math, at an early age. [ Learn More ]
Girls Who Code - Miami: Police Explorers App
Meet Marie, who participated in Girls Who Code's summer-long computer science introductory camp in Miami. She worked with her team to help develop an app for a school club to share information and stay in contact and now wants to major in computer science. [ Learn More ]
Empowering Teachers and Students in the Classroom
Verizon is working with more than 200 teachers in 24 schools to provide the training they need to more effectively integrate mobile technology in their classrooms. See how students are benefiting and thriving.
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.