Even today, millions of children and young people don't have access to the technology and education they need. This doesn’t just impact their future. It affects us all — limiting the world’s collective power, and human progress.
Dell Youth Learning aims to change that. We’re working with 49 non-profits in 15 countries. As part of our Legacy of Good Plan, we provide these non-profits and the youth they help with grant funding, volunteers and our latest technology.
Since 2013, Dell and our non-profit partners have helped over two million young people around the world. Here, five of the kids whose lives we’re helping transform share their stories in their own words.
"I live in a township in Cape Town. I face many challenges as a student, particularly when I am trying to study. The family we share space with play loud music. There are lots of shebeens (unlicensed liquor stores) in the neighborhood exposing me and other children to violence and substance abuse.
"Coming to Christel House was a blessing. It provides quality education because of the resources and the amazing teachers we have. Many children in my community long to be here. We are transported to and from school, given meals, snacks and access to technology. We also get to do extramural activities such as netball, volleyball, rugby and a homework session. At school, I am part of the debate team and I play the trumpet for the band.”
Nosiviwe is following her dream of becoming an accountant. Christel House helps impoverished children like her overcome physical and psychological trauma. They educate, feed and provide health care — developing the whole child from early childhood through early adulthood. Our Youth Learning program has provided Christel House with technology, funding and volunteers since 2013.
Learn more about Christel House.
"I lost my father when I was 3, and since then, my mother has been taking care of me, my sister and my younger brother. I do not get to see her often since she needs to work every day. We stay at an orphanage. Life has never been easy for us. The orphanage has very strict rules and it becomes very difficult to study since it is always very noisy. I am only able to study at night. We are not allowed to go out other than going to school.
"Even though I have been through a lot of ups and downs in my life, it has not taken down my spirit to work hard. I am in the top of my class and I love reading about new theories and conducting experiments. My teachers have been very helpful, and I really enjoy my schooling.
"Because of the Digital Equalizer program, we have been getting training for IT skills. Last year, I learned about MS Word and PowerPoint.
"My ambition is to be an Astronaut, be successful in life and build a house for my mother. For now, I am preparing for my entrance exam for a gifted children’s school, where I will be receiving full scholarship."
The American India Foundation has been a Dell Youth Learning partner since 2009. We support their Digital Equalizer program to help children and teachers in underprivileged schools across India bridge the digital and educational divide. Our support enables the program to provide computers, software, Internet access and training to students like Alisha – so they can develop the skills to join the 21st century workforce.
Learn more about Digital Equalizer program.
Future Mechanical Engineer
"Our family has moved around a lot. So I was excited to find the Boys & Girls Club at my school. There’s a special program called Double A STEM Academy where I learned to code using Scratch with my friends. I’ve even coded my own video game!
"When I grow up, I want to change the world by making new technologies. My mom always helps me out and encourages me to continue learning how to code. She’s even taken a class to learn Python. She’s the one who inspired me to be a Mechanical Engineer."
The Boys & Girls Club of America has been serving economically-disadvantaged kids since 1860. We work with them in the Austin area through programs like Double A STEM Academy, which teaches members 21st century workforce skills like collecting and analyzing data, conducting investigations and computational thinking.
Learn more about Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
"My parents are migrant workers. Since other schools are very expensive, I go to a school for migrant workers’ children. Because of computers from the foundation, I’ve been learning the Scratch coding program. My favorite part of Scratch is the little kitten. Using code, I can dress it and make it act differently.
“I’m also learning English on the computer. Computers help me remember English characters a lot better because they make it a game. By combining words and sentences with cartoon characters, the computer makes it easier for me to remember. Before, I got 70-80 out of 100 on my English test. Now, I get 80-90 out of 100. “
"In the future, I want to be a Chinese teacher. I want to use my talents and knowledge to teach more kids, so that they can contribute more to others and to our country.”
Nearly three-quarters of China’s 10- to 15-year - olds live in rural areas and suburban migrant communities. These young people face many academic obstacles that their urban peers do not encounter.
Our work with the China Youth Development Foundation and Stanford’s REAP initiative brings computer-assisted learning to students like Nana in schools across China.
“My mom, my dad, my little sister and I live in an apartment in Massachusetts. We moved here from El Salvador so I would have opportunities to work and study. One of the challenges I face is I am still learning English. My parents don’t speak English, so I speak for my family.
“My grandfather fell and broke both knees. He needed surgery, but the operation didn’t go well. The doctors wanted to operate again, but he didn’t want them to because it was so expensive and painful. This is why I want to become a doctor.
“My family pushes me to be successful and try my best every day. As an 8th grader, I like taking art, going to the Girls Who Code after school club, where I make computer programs, and taking part in the Citizen Schools program. In the future, I see myself as someone who loves to help people and a good example for everyone.”
Citizen Schools aims to set students’ sights on high school and college graduation, while building the 21st century skills, beliefs and networks they will need to thrive in the modern economy. Citizen Schools began its relationship in 2008 with EMC and, as part of our integration, became a Dell Youth Learning partner in 2016.
In the current partnership, we’re providing 1,850 students across the U.S. with project - based applied science apprenticeships. Dell and Dell EMC volunteers serve as guest speakers and lead some of these apprenticeships - assisting students in a wide range topics including electrical engineering and web design.
Learn more about Citizen Schools.