Bridging the digital divide

Professional opportunities in the STEM fields are growing twice as fast as other careers in the U.S. Yet despite the demand, too few children are being prepared to thrive in this reality.

To help bridge the digital divide, Verizon Innovative Learning, an initiative of the Verizon Foundation, is giving middle school students the opportunity to explore emerging tech in the classroom, from augmented and virtual reality to 3D design and robotics. Engineers, educators and experts from nonprofit organizations are all part of the ecosystem, with Verizon Innovative Learning providing free technology, free internet access and a next-generation curriculum. More than a tech tutorial, the initiative has empowered more than a million children and counting with critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, fostering a creative and collaborative environment that transforms schools and lives.

The ultimate goal: to give students and educators the ability to do more new and more good by changing the way teachers teach and students learn. By 2021, three million kids in 350 schools across the country will have participated in Verizon Innovative Learning programs. It’s a strong step toward STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) proficiency in the next generation—and an investment Verizon sees as essential to building brighter futures in an increasingly tech-driven world.

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1 in 10

Representation of minority women employed as scientists and engineers in the U.S.1

79%

Percentage by which STEM occupations have grown since 1990, from 9.7 million to 17.3 million, outpacing overall U.S. job growth.2

1 in 5

Number of STEM college students who feel their K-12 education prepared them "extremely well" for college courses in STEM.3

$400m

Amount that Verizon Innovative Learning has committed to providing free tech, free access and innovative learning programs to transform schools and children’s lives.4

~2x

National average wage for all STEM occupations ($87,570), compared to non-STEM occupations ($45,700).5

76%

Percentage of teachers who have reported enhanced student engagement with Verizon Innovative Learning.6

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Building a brighter future
Find out more about Verizon Innovative Learning.