LEADForward Community Partnership Chat: KID Museum

Join Verizon’s Mario Acosta-Velez in the latest installment of the LEADForward Community Partnership Chat series, for a discussion with Cara Lesser, Founder and Executive Director of KID Museum, based in Bethesda, Maryland. KID Museum is a leading experiential learning space for youth in the Washington DC Area–and the only makerspace offering hands on STEM activities. Cara and the Museum’s efforts are fostering the next generation of STEM Leaders.

Community Partnership Chat: Tournament of Roses

In this next installement of the Hispanic Heritage Month Chat series, join Verizon’s Jesús Román for a discussion with Azucena Duran, the inaugural Tournament of Roses Fellowship Award recipient. Azucena discussed how the fellowship, supported by Verizon, allowed her to explore her passions for both community development and working with underrepresented individuals. The program gave her the tools to go out into her community and implement programs that make a difference. Jesús and the team are so excited to highlight Azucena and can not wait to see what the future holds for her.

Community Partnership Chat: Youth in Action

Join Verizon’s Adriana Dawson for the first installment of her Hispanic Heritage Month partnership chat series with Elliot Rivera, Executive Director of Youth in Action. Throughout the month, Adriana will be celebrating the amazing achivements of Latinx individuals who serve as an inspiration to her. In his role as Executive Director, Elliot cultivates comprehensive development opportunities for youth in Providence. From overseeing programs developing leadership skills to fostering youth engagement with community initiatives, Elliot is building the next generation of leaders in Rhode Island and beyond. Watch the video to learn more!

Verizon Stories: Justin Tanner & The Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (¡HICA!)

Victor Sanchez-Chacon was born without the ability to hear or speak in Mexico, where he spent most of his childhood before moving to Alabama at age 15, becoming a lawful permanent resident.

After nearly 20-years, Victor was able to apply for citizenship after his wife discovered a medical exemption for him. The Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama (¡HICA!) provided them with the legal immigration services they needed to file the proper paperwork, and helped to navigate through the medical exemption process. With the help of their legal immigration services Victor fully realized his lifelong dream of becoming a legal U.S. citizen on January 31, 2022.

¡HICA! is a community development and advocacy organization that champions economic equality, civic engagement, and social justice for Latinx families in Alabama through culturally specific, bilingual Spanish/English services.

Verizon is proud to support ¡HICA!, and their Citizenship & Immigration program, which helps support individuals just like Victor in their goals of becoming full U.S. citizens.

Community Partnership Chat: Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF)

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, join Verizon’s Jesús Román for a discussion with Board Chair of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), Irma Rodriguez Moisa. Irma discussed how Verizon has supported MALDEF, which serves as the Latino legal voice for Civil Rights in America. Watch the video to learn more!

VIP Series: Digital Girl, Inc

The Verizon Impact Partner (VIP) series highlights Verizon’s partner organizations working to transform the communities they serve. Here, we feature Digital Girl, Inc., based in Brooklyn, New York.

Digital Girl, Inc was founded in 2014 to combat the persistent lack of diversity among Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) professionals, and to develop a love of STEM among inner city youth so they feel encouraged to pursue careers in the field. Verizon is proud to partner with Digital Girl Inc. to foster the growth of the next generation of STEM leaders. To learn more about Verizon’s partnership, and the incredible work Digital Girl is doing, watch the video below!

Maryland Women’s Business Center – Verizon Tech Policy Center Event

Verizon was proud to welcome representatives from the Maryland Women’s Business Center and entrepreneurs from across Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. for an in-person networking event, as part of the Small Business Digital Ready initiative. The Verizon Small Business Digital Ready program is an online curriculum designed to give small businesses the tools they need to thrive in the digital economy. The program provides learning modules, coaching, networking opportunities, and access to grants—with the overall goal being to support one million small businesses.

Watch more to view a video from our event, and to read more about Small Business Digital Ready, visit: https://www.verizon.com/about/responsibility/digital-inclusion/small-business-training

Community Partnership Chat: youthSpark

Join Verizon’s Michelle Arrington for a discussion with Jennifer Swain, Executive Director of youthSpark. The two discussed how youthSpark’s innovative programs provide cutting edge services, education, and advocacy to combat youth trafficking, exploitation, and abuse. Specifically, they discussed how youthSpark has been able to transition their mission to not only understand the gaps and needs of youth who have been exploited, but also how to create a world where we hold adults accountable while preventing other children from abuse.

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