Elevating Our Community Partners

One of the most rewarding aspects of our community engagement work is the opportunity to partner with many non-profit organizations and support innovative programs that help advance the diverse communities we serve. In May 2020, we launched the Community Partnerships Initiative to celebrate these local organizations and highlight their important work. 

Here’s a roundup of the impressive partners we’ve featured in the East Region. Also, check out USTechFuture.org – a Verizon-led, community-focused initiative to educate the public on how tech will change lives – for local news, events, and videos in cities across the country.

Mary’s Center – Healthcare and Telehealth

Mary’s Center is a community health center that serves thousands of people of all backgrounds in the Washington, DC-metro area. Maria Gomez, President and CEO, told Verizon’s Mario Acosta-Velez about the health care, education, and social services her organization provides to put community members on a path to advance and move up the economic ladder. ▶ Watch here in English and Spanish.

New York City Employment & Training Coalition (NYCETC) – Workforce Development

NYCETC is the largest city-based workforce development association across the country, helping New Yorkers find work. Jose Ortiz, Jr., CEO, told Verizon’s Tavonia Davis how his organization is helping to ensure the New York workforce has the skills, training, and education it needs to thrive in the 21st century. ▶ Watch here.

New Jersey Institute for Social Justice (NJISJ) – Social Justice and Empowerment

 NJISJ fights racial inequality and opens up opportunities for people of color across the state of New Jersey. Ryan Haygood, President and CEO, told Verizon’s Braxton Plummer how his organization is building reparative systems that create wealth, transform justice, and harness democratic power. ▶ Watch here.

Byte Back – Tech Training and Digital Inclusion

Byte Back provides a pathway of inclusive tech training that leads to living-wage careers. Elizabeth Lindsey, former CEO, told Verizon’s Mario Acosta-Velez how her DC-based organization is expanding digital inclusion. ▶ Watch here.

Urban League of Philadelphia – Digital Inclusion and Training

The Urban League of Philadelphia is a community leader in digital inclusion, tech training, community development, and education – helping the City of Philadelphia’s minority community residents build tech skills to pursue new careers and build a better future for themselves and their families. Andrea Custis, President and CEO, told Verizon’s Jennifer Young about their work in the community, including programs to prevent homelessness and address digital equity gaps. ▶ Watch here.

Girls Inspired and Ready to Lead (GIRL) – STEM Education

GIRL is an organization in Northern Virginia that is working to empower teen girls for future success through education, leadership, self-esteem, career preparation, and community service. Danielle Craddock, Founder and Executive Director, told Verizon’s Jessica Chait that her organization’s STEM Education Programs, including the Tech GIRL program, have been particularly impactful. ▶ Watch here.

Asian American Youth Leadership Empowerment and Development (AALEAD) – Education and Community

 AALEAD is a recognized leader in education, and its programs help Asian American students build a strong academic foundation to enhance learning and prepare to pursue higher education. Akil Vohra, Executive Director, told Verizon’s Mario Acosta-Velez about his organization’s mission, programs, and impact in the Asian American community, especially during such difficult times. ▶ Watch here.

Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce – Small Business Development

 The Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce works to develop, promote, and advocate for Latino-owned businesses in the region. Jennifer Rodriguez, President and CEO, told Verizon’s Pedro Romero how her organization does this through educational programs, business development, and a broad range of services and events. ▶ Watch here in English and Spanish.

Bright Minds Foundation – Education and Literacy

Bright Minds Foundation is an education organization in Howard County, MD that’s helping students and their families develop their love of reading and learning. Elizabeth Crammond, former Executive Director, told Verizon’s Tiffany Harvey how her organization supports the academic development of children and the engagement of parents in their children’s education. ▶ Watch here.

Patriots Technology Training Center – STEM Education

Patriots Technology and Training Center is a leader in STEM education and workforce development that is helping youth build a strong academic foundation, interest, and engagement in STEM fields. Thurman Jones, President, told Verizon’s Candice Austin about the Prince George’s County, MD-based organization and how it has worked diligently for 24 years to place more than 1,500 youth into the job pipeline for the STEM careers of the future. ▶ Watch here.

Latino Student Fund – STEM Education

Latino Student Fund supports DC’s underserved youth through in and out of school educational programs. Maria Fernanda Borja, President and CEO, told Verizon’s Mario Acosta-Velez about the STEM curriculum her organization offers and how it adapted given the COVID environment. ▶ Watch here in English and Spanish.  

Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District (LPCCD) – Arts and Culture

LPCCD is promoting and championing cultural/arts programs in the historical Lincoln Park neighborhood of downtown Newark, NJ. Anthony Smith, Executive Director, told Verizon’s Mark Bocchieri about his organization’s mission, programs, and impact, including what it’s doing to create a more sustainable community. ▶ Watch here.

Legal Aid Justice Center – Legal Services and Advocacy

Legal Aid Justice Center works to tackle unjust systems that cause and perpetuate poverty. Angela Ciolfi, Executive Director, told Verizon’s Tom Walls about her Charlottesville, VA-based organization’s work to fight for equal justice. ▶ Watch here

United Way of Southwest Virginia – Community Support Services

United Way of Southwest Virginia addresses the challenges the Southwest VA workforce face by creating sustainable solutions. Travis Staton, President and CEO, told Verizon’s Matt Ogburn how his organization is uplifting Southwest VA residents. ▶ Watch here.

Miriam’s Kitchen – Homelessness Services and Community

Miriam’s Kitchen provides comprehensive direct services (meals to housing) and advocates to end long-term homelessness in Washington, DC. Scott Schenkelberg, CEO, told Verizon’s Mario Acosta-Velez about his organization’s work to build a better future for all DC residents. ▶ Watch here.

Edu-Futuro – Education

Edu-Futuro was founded by immigrant parents in 1998 and supports Latino youth with mentoring, education, and leadership development to help them realize their full potential. Jorge Figueredo, Executive Director, told Verizon’s Mario Acosta-Velez about his Virginia-based organization’s mission, programs, and significant impact serving the Hispanic community. ▶ Watch here.

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