A partnership between Delaware State University and Verizon for mentoring underserved middle school boys in STEM subjects is ensuring that minority youth have the opportunity for a quality education in coding, robotics, 3D design, and entrepreneurship.

http://leadershipandsoftskills.com/Verizon will provide a grant of $400,000 for the next two years which supports a programfor DSU faculty who have backgrounds in STEM subjects will mentor middle school students.

“While we work year-round to produce success stories among our students on the University-level, through this program the University can offer elementary school to high school-age youths opportunities to attend summer camps that stimulate their intellect, build self-esteem, teach them academic disciplines that can help them thirst for higher education opportunities and give them career options in their futures,” said DSU President Harry L. Williams.

The Verizon Innovative Learning Program is focused on the importance of engaging minority students in STEM, as they are underrepresented in those fields. A 2015 report by the Schott Foundation states that “minority males are severely underrepresented in STEM fields and are less likely than Caucasian peers to graduate from high school on time and pursue college.”

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