I am a member of the Verizon Wireless #VZWBuzz Influencer Team.
This is a #vzwbuzz post about how Verizon Wireless is influencing social change through mobile technology. All opinions are my own.
As a long time customer and now as an Influencer, Verizon Wireless has always been a name I know and trust. What I’m learning and am so excited about is the Verizon Foundation and their focus on social change through initiatives and community involvement. I’m hoping to highlight one each month to share what I’m learning.
In case you were under a rock and missed the viral video featured by Slate Magazine, NBC News, AdWeek , Huff Post, and more, I have added it below. Made in partnership with Makers, the ad shows “Samantha” growing from a toddler to teenager in various scenarios and how her parents unconsciously discourage her from exploring her curiosities by stereotyping. At the end of the video Samantha sees a science fair poster but instead of reading she puts on lip gloss. As the video went viral so did the message “Isn’t it time we told her she’s pretty brilliant too?” Some might disagree with the delivery, some might disagree with the message. I think we can all agree that words have powerful lasting impact and statistics don't lie. The effort here is to promote #STEM and increase the involvement of our young girls in roles that were traditionally male dominated.
The Verizon Foundation is committed to helping parents and teachers inspire more girls to get involved with #STEM. #STEM is an acronym referring to the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Check out these statistics.
- There are currently 3 million unfilled #STEM jobs in the U.S
- Women make up half of the workforce but hold less than 25% of our country's STEM jobs.
- 80% of jobs in the next decade will require technology skills
- The United States lags behind the rest of world, currently ranked 36th in math and 28th in science.
Check out some of the ways Verizon can help you bring #STEM to your community
The Verizon Innovative App Challenge offers a unique opportunity for students around the country to participate in a rich, project-based learning experience that fosters teamwork and encourages them to explore new ideas and consider future careers in #STEM. Up to $20,000 in grants provided to winning teams. Registration opens August 4, 2014.
Verizon is supporting Girls Who Code Programs Nationwide. Girls Who Code Programs work to inspire, educate, and equip girls with skills to pursue opportunities in computer science, technology and engineering through mentorship by the industry’s top female engineers and entrepreneurs. Take a summer immersion course, join a club or start a club in your area!
The Verizon Innovative Learning Schools program partners with administrators and teachers in 24 underserved schools across the U.S and provides them with a comprehensive, two year sequence of onsite and online development to leverage mobile technology for teaching and learning to increase student interest and improve performance in #STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).
What other resources or ideas can you add to help us bring #STEM to our communities & #InspireHerMind ?