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Mentors Make Lasting Impact on Students

Verizon Innovative Learning taps mentors to create STEM career pathways
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By: Kenrya Rankin

In her four years as program director for the Verizon Innovative Learning Rural Young Women program at Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Maryland, June Evans has seen her students blossom. Hailing from both suburban and semi-rural parts of the county, they have shifted from being uncertain about their place in STEM, to finding a home in design thinking and innovation.

STEM Enrichment Program at Clark Atlanta Lights the Way

How the Verizon Innovative Learning initiative is changing students’ ideas of what’s possible
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Before Mekhi Burgess’ first day at the Young Men of Color program at Clark Atlanta University, he liked STEM, but didn’t see how he could make a career out of it. But after going through a three-week summer immersion experience on the Atlanta, Georgia campus, he knew he wanted to major in computer science.

Verizon Innovative Learning Offers Students Opportunity Through Technology

Las Vegas’ Mater Academy East is one of 246 schools joining Cohort 8 of the Citizen Verizon education initiative for the 2021-2022 school year
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It was a heartening sight in the midst of a pandemic: on a hot evening in August, more than a thousand socially distanced parents and students stood in a line that wound out the door at Mater Academy of Nevada East Campus. Students anxiously waited to walk inside and pick up a tablet, a new learning tool provided to them because their school is now part of the Verizon Innovative Learning program.

Life-changing Access: Why Verizon Innovative Learning Matters to Me

By: Ayana Byrd
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How next-gen tech, digital access and mentorship support students in STEM enrichment programs

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How next-gen tech, digital access and mentorship support students in STEM enrichment programs

"Verizon Innovative Learning Showed Me What It's Like to Really Be a Leader"

By: Kenrya Rankin
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Verizon Innovative Learning has provided thousands of students at Title I middle schools across the nation with advanced technology, next-generation curriculum and devices and data access that they can use to explore STEM at school and at home. It only makes sense that some of those students would continue their studies and choose careers that put STEM front and center.

50 New Schools to Join Verizon Innovative Learning for the 2019-20 School Year

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Basking Ridge, NJ, March 13, 2019 /3BL Media/ - Fifty new middle schools from 15 districts across the country will join the Verizon Innovative Learning schools initiative in the 2019-20 school year. The continued partnership between Digital Promise, a nonprofit organization working to spur innovation in education, and Verizon Innovative Learning equips every student and teacher at select middle schools across America with a device and up to a four-year data plan.

Verizon Innovative Learning Launches First Ever 5G EdTech Challenge

Ten most compelling projects will receive funding and tools to bring concepts to life using 5G in under-resourced middle schools across the country
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NEW YORK – Verizon Innovative Learning, the signature program of the Verizon Foundation, announced the launch of the Verizon 5G EdTech Challenge in partnership with NYC Media Lab. The first of its kind nationwide challenge calls for EdTech nonprofits including enterprise organizations, start-ups, research groups and universities including Historically Black Colleges and Universities as well as Hispanic Serving Institutions to create powerful, transformative education solutions that leverage 5G connectivity to solve challenges in under-resourced middle schools throughout the U.S.

"Because We Can!"

This STEM program is empowering boys to put their world-changing ideas into action
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“He became a leader.”  Jean Nicoleau talked about her student, Tyghe, and his transformation after his first summer with Verizon Innovative Learning as if she were describing two different people. One version of Tyghe had an energy and attitude that were disruptive at times. Prior to Verizon Innovative Learning, Nicoleau had known Tyghe for several years and watched him struggle in school. But during the past school year, his grades, confidence and sense of responsibility all improved. New Tyghe was someone with a purpose; someone teachers wanted in their classrooms.

Verizon Employees Cheer on Middle School Students Heading Back to School

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All across the U.S. this week, kids arriving for their first day of school are being met with cheers, applause and high fives. It’s part of a nationwide “Clap-In” given by Verizon employees to welcome students into Verizon Innovative Learning, a transformative program that gives a free tablet and internet access to every student and teacher, and provides extensive teacher training, support, and a unique, immersive curriculum.

From Cows to Connections: Principal Draws Inspiration from Student Sketches

by Victoria Glazar, Verizon Corporate Social Responsibility
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Almost 20 years ago, Kevin Boles took his seventh graders on a field trip from Bristol Township, PA, to Harrisburg. A novice public school teacher full of enthusiasm, he envisioned students coming back with lasting memories of the “priceless architectural and artistic treasure” of the State Capitol building, as well as meaningful experiences with civics and history. 

But, the day after the trip, when students drew recollections of what they learned, their pictures were eye opening.

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