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.
Featured Events and Grants
Introductions to STEM Projects Energizes Students and Employee Volunteers
On March 19, students at George Washington Carver Elementary School met with 150 Verizon employees who visited the school. The volunteers led several hands-on STEM activities to engage the students and teach them the value of creativity, critical thinking and teamwork. The Verizon participants in the day-long volunteer project, organized by Jersey Cares, were members of an elite group of newly hired college graduates who are part of the Verizon Leadership Development Program. The individuals represent the next generation of Verizon leaders and are committed to corporate responsibility and giving back to the communities Verizon serves. [ Learn More ]
Making Good Impressions with STEM
Of all the energy displayed at a recent STEM Day at Rutgers University’s School of Engineering, “kid power” was by far the most impressive. At the day-long event, about 60 eager seventh- and eighth-grade students from New Brunswick Middle School built, powered and raced several cars or other moving objects, with the help of Rutgers students and Verizon employees. [ Learn More ]
Powerful Answers Awards - Education
On February 3, 2015, three great ideas in education were named Verizon Powerful Answers Award winners. After a year-long global challenge to discover and help bring to market technology-based solutions with the potential to change our world, the three winning projects are:
Sesame Enable ($1 Million Winner) - Based in Israel, this company has developed touch-free smartphone and tablet technology for children and adults for whom touch is not possible. According to Sesame Enable, of the 5.6 million paralyzed people in the U.S., 150,000 are children who cannot move their hands. The technology integrates with games and applications and allows those children access to educational opportunities previously inaccessible to them.
Books that Grow ($250,000 Winner) - A learning acceleration program, featuring Common Core-aligned, downloadable eBooks that adapt to each user’s reading ability.
School Yourself ($250,000 Winner) - A platform for scalable, personalized education courses that provide a suite of authoring and analytics tools for interactive lessons specific to each student’s needs.
Two Schools Named "Best in State" in Third Verizon Innovative App Challenge
Students from High Technology High School, in Lincroft, NJ, and Franklin Middle School, in Franklin Borough, NJ, were among ninety teams from across the country named "Best in State" in the third Verizon Innovative App Challenge, a national competition in which students design a mobile application concept that addresses a need or problem in their local schools or communities. The teams were selected from more than 1,099 app concepts submitted by school teams nationwide. [ Learn More ]
Volunteer Spotlight: Employee Volunteers Visit Camden School for Day of Service
More than a dozen Verizon employees volunteered their time on Sept. 11 at Veterans Memorial Family School in Camden, New Jersey, mentoring the students and working with them to build solar-powered model race cars.
Verizon coordinated the event in conjunction with Jersey Cares, a nonprofit organization that works to increase civic engagement and to coordinate volunteer opportunities.
Independent College Fund of New Jersey
The Independent College Fund of New Jersey (ICFNJ) recently received a $35,000 Verizon Foundation grant to help advance the integration of mobile technologies into the classroom and learning environments of the more than 64,000 students attending independent colleges in the Garden State. The funds will contribute to faculty development in utilizing new technology in the classroom and labs, enhance healthcare and STEM curricula, and reinforce collaborative educational experiences which mirror workplace skill demands.
Pictured (L to R): Verizon's Mark Bocchieri, Director - External Affairs, Verizon - and Board Chair of the ICFNJ - and Gerry Bellotti, Vice President, ICFNJ
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 ]
Empowering Teachers and Students in the Classroom
A 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.
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.