Partner since: 2009
In service to its communities, Dell launched a global signature program to address the technology gap and provide breakthrough educational programming. In 2009, as part of Dell YouthConnect, two initiatives were launched with UNICEF focused on young people. Dell YouthConnect directs corporate giving to organizations in underserved communities to promote education and incorporate math, science, literacy and technology skills for children and young people.
Dell is a corporate responsibility leader in delivering practical products and services that make an impact on real environmental issues, promoting diversity and inclusion, contributing positively in communities and equipping youth for a digitally interconnected world. Dell views education and digital inclusion as critical to connecting youth to a more promising future, and this focus provides young people in underserved communities with the tools and access to technology to allow them to be competitive in the global marketplace.
Education in Morocco
In partnership with UNICEF and the Moroccan Ministry of Youth & Sport, Dell YouthConnect is building on an exciting model to increase young people’s access to information technology in Morocco. Dell YouthConnect’s support is continuing the success of their first year of activities by expanding the reach of technology equipment to 21,000 youth in high-need communities; 1,900 of the young people are being specifically trained to develop their IT skills, helping to increase their employability. The program will particularly target those who live in the poorest, most vulnerable areas of Casablanca-Rabat region, who are currently least likely to have technology access and therefore often unable to break out of the cycle of poverty.
Within the first days of the January 12, 2010, earthquake, Dell was a leader among UNICEF's corporate partners in bringing immediate aid to the children of Haiti through the generous support of Dell employees globally. Dell was also one of the first companies to respond during the devastating floods that affected Pakistan in August 2010.
Children’s Climate Change Ambassadors Program
Through Dell YouthConnect, 160 laptops were provided to UNICEF’s 2009 Children’s Climate Change Forum, allowing the young attendees from 44 different countries to engage online with other children around the world who wanted to have their voices heard on the important issue of climate change.