Verizon has a long history of supporting quality educational resources and programs. We focus on preparing children to be successful; enabling teachers, parents and caregivers to help children learn; and educating adults so they are prepared to achieve their goals and contribute to their communities.
We're using technology to prepare students for success in the 21st century. Our comprehensive solutions leverage mobile technology, award-winning free digital content, and teacher training for schools and organizations; all focused on increasing student interest and achievement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
In the section you'll discover examples of our commitment to lifelong learning in New Jersey.
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.
Featured Events and Grants
Patrick Healy Middle School Recognized as Verizon Innovative Learning School
At a special ceremony held on August 2nd, Verizon recognized the Patrick Healy Middle School as one of 12 schools around the country selected in 2013 to be a part of the two-year Verizon Innovative Learning Schools program, which since last year is providing on-going training to help educators more effectively and innovatively use technology to enhance student learning in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects.
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Volunteer Spotlight: Niloufer Tamboly Helps Create a Safe and Secure Cyber World
Niloufer Tamboly, an Internal Audit consultant for Verizon in Basking Ridge is a founding member of the New Jersey chapter of the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, and is a driving force behind the chapter's initiative to engage and involve students to learn about information security and spread the message in the community. [ Learn more ]
Workforce Posse Promotes STEM Education and Career Development in Burlington
Doug Schoenberger of Verizon NJ “deputized” Burlington City High School's Vice Principal, Jeff Hinson today into the “Workforce Posse,” highlighting the importance of math and science courses in high school and college. Doug and representatives from the NJ State Chamber of Commerce addressed 100 ninth graders on what it really takes to start and build a rewarding business career.
Verizon Foundation and the National Academy Foundation Host Students from the John E. Dwyer Technology Academy
Seniors from the John E. Dwyer Technology Academy in Elizabeth, recently visited Verizon Center, in Basking Ridge. The event was sponsored by theVerizon Foundation and the National Academy Foundation, which supports a national network of 500 academies focused on programs and curriculums that specialize in finance, information technology, engineering and health sciences.
The students met with various leaders from nearly every aspect of our business, toured our facilities and participated in a speed-networking exercise.
Verizon's support for NAF extends the foundation’s philanthropic focus on technology in education and its commitment to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects. More than 100 Verizon employees have served as classroom volunteers, mentors and advisors to local NAF academies, and we’ve offered students internships in our technology departments and wireless stores.
Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey and Verizon announces statewide prevention winners
The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey and Verizon announced the two statewide winners of the annual “Fun Things to do Instead of Drugs” Fourth Grade Folder Initiative. Artwork created by (center) Madelyn Weinstein of Woodrow Wilson School in Neptune City and Joseph DiSpirito of St. Leo the Great School in Lincroft were selected from over 8,000 fourth grade student entries from throughout the state of New Jersey.
Joining Madelyn and Joseph are (L-R) Madelyn’s grandmother, Kerry Gizzi, her teacher, Barbara Reynolds, her mother, Heather Adams, Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey Executive Director, Angelo Valente, Verizon's Douglas Schoenberger, Joseph’s father, Anthony DiSpirito, and his mother, Andrea DiSpirito.
Innovative App Challenge
Jefferson Township Middle School, Oak Ridge, NJ, was among the ten teams named winners of the Verizon Innovative App Challenge, a national competition created by the Verizon Foundation in partnership with the Technology Student Association to help boost student engagement and interest in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM.
The winning app called "Invase Erase," identifies invasive species that harm the environment and provides solutions to minimize and/or contain them.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Labwill continue to work with these students to refine their projects. Verizon will provide the teams with professional support and training to help them bring their concepts to market. In addition, each winning team’s school will receive a $10,000 Verizon Foundation grant to advance STEM education, and each team member will receive the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, courtesy of Samsung Mobile.
Doug Schoenberger (VP Verizon NJ) and Newark Mayor Cory Booker both spoke to an audience of students and educators at the opening of the Capital One mobile financial literacy center at Verizon’s Newark office.
Over 5,000 students from Newark and the five surrounding counties are expected to visit the site within the next three months to better prepare them for future finance jobs in the state.
Employees Help NJ School Damaged by Hurricane Sandy
Nearly 160 Verizon employees spent most of the day (Thursday, March 28) volunteering their time to help restore the Hugh J. Boyd Jr. Elementary School and get it ready to welcome students back in the fall. [ Learn More ]
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.