Announcing the first 24 Dell YouthConnect recipients in the United States

Sep 21, 2011 1:30 PM ET

Direct2Dell - The Official Dell Corporate Blog

by Michele Glaze, US Giving Manager

Every child - no matter where they live, their socio-economic status or their gender - should have an equal opportunity for success in school, work and life. In a global society connected through the real-time exchange of information, there is a gap between the technology “haves” and the “have-nots”. Too often, underserved communities can’t provide their children with the tools necessary to be successful in work and life.

Today, Dell is investing nearly $3 million in product and cash to 24 non-profit organizations in various locations in the US where our employees work and live through Dell YouthConnect.

Dell YouthConnect is our signature giving programs to bridge the gap between the technology “haves” and the “have-nots” by placing Dell technology into underserved communities and working with non-profit organizations to teach information and technology skills. Non-profit organizations are best positioned to understand the unique educational needs of their communities. Dell listens to these organizations and partners with them to provide the latest Dell technology, financial resources and expertise to help bridge learning and technology gaps.

In my role as giving manager, it was my honor and pleasure to notify these 24 selected charities who participated in our application journey. The journey was filled with learning more about their programs, give and take on budgets, logic models, program outcomes and employee engagement strategies. These charities reflect our belief that nonprofit organizations can best identify and respond to the unique technology needs of their communities.

Read more about the first Dell YouthConnect recipients in the United States here.