Dell expects to contribute $14-million in grants and technology donations to support future generations of STEM workers in the current fiscal year which ends 3 February 2018.
Current donations made across Dell’s 71 youth learning partners globally are expected to bring technology education to more than 1,5-million underserved youth. With the expected contributions, a total of 4-million children will be impacted through Dell’s strategic giving programs, since 2014.
The US Bureau of Labour Statistics expects the total number of jobs in STEM fields to grow 12,5% by 2022, in the US alone. As the technology industry looks for new ways to diversify its workforce, there’s an opportunity to expand STEM initiatives to those who may be underserved in this area currently.
Specifically, there is room for the public and private sectors to commit more to STEM education and mentorship to underserved youth.
By encouraging all youth regardless of gender or ethnicity or social class to study STEM, there’s an opportunity to bring different perspectives to STEM-related industries as well as fulfill jobs in the future.
“We believe that the future belongs to those who can build digital technologies and those who can use technology to solve the world’s biggest challenges,” says Karen Quintos, chief customer officer at Dell.
“The technology industry is creating the jobs of the future, as technology is the critical enabler for business, no matter the sector. It is our responsibility to prepare the next generation, particularly underserved populations, with technology access as well as the core skills and confidence to thrive in a digital world.”
Dell has dedicated funds, technology and expertise globally to further empower and enable interested youth from around the world to explore STEM fields. Some of Dell’s commitments this fiscal year include:
* Dell will open two new Solar Powered Learning Labs in South Africa this month, with more planned. These innovative programs bring technology and connectivity to students, teachers and communities through solar power and Wyse thin client workstations.
* Girls Who Code: The U.S. nonprofit is dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology by teaching computer skills and coding to more than 40,000 girls across America. Dell has donated $300,000 this year, including donations of Alienware laptops for several of the Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Programs and their after-school Clubs programs.
* Citizens School: Approximately 1,800 students in Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina and California can access STEM-based apprenticeship programs through Citizen Schools. Dell has donated more than $500,000 in grants this year.
* REAP: Stanford University’s Rural Education Action Program (REAP) program benefits tens of thousands of rural and migrant students in China through a computer-aided learning program. Dell has donated more than $500 000 this year.
* Camara Education: This Ireland-based charity provides educational institutions with technology, educator and support to help them improve educational outcomes. Camara Education’s services are delivered through a network of local hubs in Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Tanzania, Zambia, the UK and Ireland. This year, Dell donated a grant of $650,000, benefiting more than 250 000 youth and 2 000 educators in 240 locations.
* American India Foundation: Nearly $600,000 was donated this year to the foundation, which enables technology-based classroom teaching methods across six states in India. The in-person programs benefit more than 90 000 youth, and satellite programs benefit nearly 190 000. Part of this donation included product donations of Dell’s Latitude laptops as well as Precision tower desktops.
In addition to donations, Dell is launching the “Power of One” mentor program. The program challenges Dell team members and others in the technology industry to dedicate time to volunteer or mentor one child about their job, why they love it, and how it makes a difference. Dell believes that just one conversation can have a lasting impact and set a child on the course to change the world.
“The power of mentorship is immeasurable,” says Trisa Thompson, senior vice-president and chief responsibility officer of Dell. “Children especially need strong role models. We are excited to encourage the tech industry as a whole to embrace a culture of mentorship and to encourage a more diverse, and in turn successful, STEM workforce for tomorrow.”