Best Commitment to Education Program: Verizon Wireless
The Verizon Innovative Learning (VIL) summer programs for Young Men of Color and Rural Young Women help to strengthen the pathway between STEM subjects, higher education, and STEM careers by offering a free accelerated boot camp for underserved middle school students that provides mentoring, the latest technology, and skills training. In 2019, the Young Men of Color program reached 2,177 students and the Rural Young Women program served 1,449 students. Verizon’s education initiative has provided more than $535M in market value toward STEM education.
“I’m excited to announce our support of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Skyhook Foundation,” said Hans Vestberg. “At Verizon, our strategy is focused on using our network and 5G technology to advance human prosperity, and part of that is ensuring kids and communities have access to the tools and resources they need to actively engage in the world. The Skyhook Foundation lifts up youth who don’t have those opportunities, and we’re here to help close that gap.”