Bridging the Divide: Shaping Communities through Education

Unfortunately, not every child gets access to the education and tools they need to be prepared for the future. But at Big Shoulders Fund, they are working to change that.

Big Shoulders Fund is a Chicago-based charitable organization that is focused on supporting inner-city schools by promoting innovation through a variety of programs and offering after school science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) opportunities. 80% of students in the program come from minority families and almost 70% are living in poverty.

Their programs fund technology centers – like the one featured in a new video from Faces of 5G – that allow students to explore areas like coding. These experiences not only lead to new skills but also open students eyes to new career paths that are important in our increasingly digital world.

With access to 5G networks and enabled technology, groups like Big Shoulders Fund can continue to innovate and provide cutting edge educational opportunities for students in low income communities – helping to bridge educational and digital divides and preparing them for the future.

Check out the latest video for Faces of 5G and then click here to learn more about Big Shoulders Fund.


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