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Verizon Innovative Learning for Girls Expansion Project
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Interested in becoming a part of the Verizon Innovative Learning for girls expansion project? Together with educational nonprofits, the Verizon Foundation has created programs that inspire students' passion for building and learning. Because we need more creators. For more information, please visit Listen to this webinar recording for further information.

Program Overview

The Verizon Foundation, through its education initiative Verizon Innovative Learning (VIL), develops measurable STEM education programs from the ground-up, putting technology in students’ hands and giving them experience in solving real world problems. In partnership with leading educational nonprofit organizations, Verizon Foundation’s mission is to inspire students to pursue careers in STEM to create better futures not only for themselves but also for their communities and for the world.

In partnership with the National Association of Community College Entrepreneurship, Inc. (NACCE), the 2018-20 VIL program will focus on providing STEM and entrepreneurial skills to underserved middle school girls in rural areas throughout the school year, beginning with a three-week, hands-on summer camp hosted by local community colleges, followed by monthly after-school activities through the host college, including local and virtual field trips and ongoing mentorship from adult female mentors working in STEM fields. This will be a two-year program.


At the start of camp, each student will be given an Android device for use throughout the Program. Using turn-key curricula developed by Verizon, camp instructors will introduce students to design thinking, social entrepreneurship, and 3D design and printing. Students will also have the opportunity to develop digital media products with virtual and/or augmented reality. Through direct exposure to immersive technologies, students will learn first-hand how digital media and mobile technology can be leveraged to create and deliver innovative solutions to social issues.

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Once you have read through the requirements and selection criteria, please fill out the below form. Proposals will be accepted until Friday, December 15. Selected schools will be notified in January.

Requirements for Colleges

  • This is a two-year, year-round program that kicks off with a 3-week summer STEM camp and once monthly on campus activities through May 2020

  • Annually recruit 100 rural, middle school girls ascending into 6th, 7th and 8th grade, focusing outreach efforts on financially disadvantaged students to achieve Program’s goal of 70% very low income, 20% low income and 5% average income (students must qualify for free and reduced lunch)

  • Provide daily meals and transportation for the campers

  • Follow the PR guidelines issued by Verizon and participate accordingly in media and social media opportunities

  • Administer pre- and post-program surveys 

  • Collect and report demographic information and statistics to NACCE and Verizon Foundation

  • Participate in program video/documentary, as needed

  • Your community college needs to be able to provide adequate program and classroom space
  • Hire a qualified program director and instructors to teach the program curriculum (preferably middle school educators)

  • Upload curricula and lesson plans into the college’s LMS, maintaining the on-line classroom and individual student email addresses 

  • Distribute, inventory and manage the devices, including handling of warranty-related incidents

  • Implement Mobile Device Management (MDM) and Content Filtering software provided to the college under NACCE’s one-year licenses

  • Setup, test and maintain classroom equipment issued to the college by NACCE

Participating Colleges Will Receive 

  • $630 per student reimbursement ($630 x 100 students X 2 years= $126,200 total)
  • Equipment donations to support program objectives
  • Curriculum and technology support
  • Professional development training
  • Marketing and recruitment materials and templates (i.e. backpacks, water bottles, posters, etc.)
  • Local and national PR opportunities 
  • Community of practice experience with other NACCE member colleges
  • Engagement with local Verizon mentors and speakers and more!

Selection Criteria

  • Your school must be in a geographic location where the local community has students who qualify for free & reduced lunch.
  • The review committee will thoughtfully consider each proposal, but we ask that each college who applies carefully considers the time commitment and responsibilities associated with this project. 

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