Unlocking opportunity through technology
Technology is transforming the landscape of how we work, live, and play in exciting new ways. But the challenge – and goal – is fostering a digital transformation that lives up to its promise of being accessible and inclusive for all.
How can technology be used as a force for inclusion? How can it connect people of all backgrounds and abilities to the skills, knowledge, and opportunities that can change lives? These stories showcase the individuals and organizations working to ensure that as many people as possible benefit from what this revolution has to offer.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America seek to bring computer science skills to lower-income students and underrepresented minorities, who often have the least access to computer science learning opportunities at school.Read more
65% of children entering primary school today will end up working in jobs that don’t yet exist, according to the World Economic Forum. The Digital Youth Development Initiative is an effort to prepare students for this changing reality.Learn more
The percentage of Club girls who express an interest in STEM careers (50%) is more than three times greater than that of their peers nationally (16%). The hope is to prepare these students with the skills they need to excel in school, their careers, and beyond.Read the story
Bridging the digital divide
Making jobs and skills more accessible in India
Project Sangam uses LinkedIn Lite to help job-seekers in India get professional training and find employment, while aiding employers in building a local workforce equipped with relevant skills.
Changing the future for Brazilian youth through tech education
Digital literacy classes introduced Wanderson Skrock to a world of opportunity. Twice held at a juvenile detention center, he now enables at-risk youth in Brazil to learn life-changing tech skills.
“Broadband connectivity is no longer simply a luxury for streaming YouTube videos on a tablet (as enjoyable as that may be). It has become a critical connection to a better education and living. As a country, we should not settle for an outcome that leaves behind more than 23 million of our rural neighbors. To the contrary, we can and should bring the benefits of broadband coverage to every corner of the nation.”
– Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer, Microsoft