Verizon Innovative Learning: opening new doors for millions of students

Millions of students lack access to technology in the classroom and at home. Without those resources they run the risk of being left behind in a world that grows ever more digital by the day. Moreover, our nation’s ability to be globally competitive, and our economic prospects, will be imperiled if we do not bridge the digital divide and succeed in leveraging the talent of all our young people. Since 2012, the Verizon Foundation has been working to support those students through a transformative program called Verizon Innovative Learning. The program provides free technology, free internet access and hands-on learning experiences to help give under-resourced students the education they deserve. It’s powered by a next-gen, technology-infused curriculum that fundamentally changes the way teachers teach and students learn. These programs transform middle schools with digital technology, immerse young men of color and young women in rural communities in tech and entrepreneurship education and train high school students to put design thinking principles to use in solving real-world business and societal challenges.

By 2021, we aim to:

Reach 3 million students
and provide them with the skills to put them on the path to success in an increasingly tech-dependent job market.

In 2018

Nearly 4,300
V Teamers

volunteered as STEM mentors

Nearly 1.7 million

impacted since 2012

Verizon Innovative Learning schools

We launched the Verizon Innovative Learning schools program in eight schools in 2014, and the initiative has grown steadily in the years since. During the school year that began in 2018, the number of schools that have participated since 2014 reached 100.

Total schools in program
since 2014

2018-2019 school
year metrics

participating schools
participating students
participating teachers

Student attitudes changed

42% like school more
54% believe that having the technology makes science more interesting
47% believe that having the technology makes math more interesting

Teachers reported classroom improvements

said that the program enhanced student engagement
indicated that the program improved their interactions with students
of students feel more confident in school when they use their technology

Teacher technology proficiency improved

said the program helped them change the way they teach

said the program helped them reach goals they had already set for their classroom and for their teaching

Assessing improvement

We regularly measure program success by surveying both teachers and students on the impact of the program.*

* Results measured from the 62 schools participating during the 2017-2018 school year.

Underrepresented middle school students in STEM

Two Verizon Innovative Learning programs are designed to address the needs of groups that are significantly underrepresented in STEM fields: young men of color and young women in rural areas.

These programs introduce students to next-gen technologies such as augmented reality, virtual reality, 3D design and printing and more. Students collaborate on projects that solve for the challenges addressed by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Students attend summer immersion on campus at partner community colleges and universities, as well as weekly enrichment sessions year round. Also, they’re connected with mentors and exposed to the career opportunities that STEM, technology and entrepreneurship hold for their futures.

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Young men of color
In 2018 we reached:

middle school students
enrolled through
participating institutions

After participating in the 2018 summer program:

increased ability in STEM
were more interested in attending a four-year college
had improved problem-solving skills
were more interested in a STEM career

Young women in rural areas
In 2018 we reached:

girls at
community colleges

After participating in the 2018 summer program:

increased ability in STEM
were more interested in attending a four-year college
had improved problem-solving skills
were more interested in a STEM career