STEM Equity

Verizon Innovative Learning Brings Back STEM Learning Programs

Verizon Innovative Learning announced it’s bringing two of its STEM programs, both for middle school students.

The hands-on programs, Young Men of Color and Rural Young Women, were temporarily canceled in 2020 owing to the pandemic. The 2021 camps are being offered in partnership with “HBCUs, Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) and community colleges across the country,” according to Verizon.

According to Verizon: “Reaching nearly 5,000 young students per year, both Young Men of Color and Rural Young Women work to empower underserved middle school students to explore STEM subjects, learn problem-solving skills and consider career opportunities in technology fields by providing mentorship, access to technology and hands-on training.”

The programs are three weeks long and are offered once per month throughout the year. The programs are open to all middle school students. Students can participate in either program, regardless of gender identity.

Further details can be found on the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship site at nacce.com/vil.

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