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Dell YouthConnect completes two years

Hari Anil
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Hari Anil
Dell’s signature corporate responsibility and Global Giving program Dell YouthConnect, which is designed to support education and digital inclusion initiatives for under-served children by helping them to develop 21st century skills like digital communications, environmental awareness, critical and collaborative learning tools, has completed its second year. Started in 2008, DYC India has received about $ 4.7 million in funding in the last two years from Dell Giving Foundation, and so far over 300,000 children and youth across cities including Bangalore, Hyderabad, Delhi, Chennai, Mohali and Pune has benefited from this program. Apart from children DYC also trained over 2000 teachers as part of its capacity building program.

The program is delivered in association with 12 NGOs in the country through 390 schools and resource centres. Learning Links Foundation, American India Foundation, Christel House, Humana India, The Energy and Resources Institute, Akshara Foundation, Asset India Foundation, PlanetRead, Sikshana Foundation, Amar Jyoti, SETU, and Dream-A-Dream are the NGOs partnered with Dell for the DYC program. “Our approach towards the Giving Program is strategic, focused on connecting the youth to a more promising tomorrow by closing the technology gap and unleashing student potential through breakthrough educational initiatives. Dell believes we have a responsibility towards the communities we work in and that it is imperative to empower these communities for a more participative growth,” says Ganesh Lakshminarayanan, President, Dell India.

Apart from DYC Dell also has another Giving program in India through which its employees volunteer, engage and involve with its NGO partners through their contribution in terms of financial contribution and dedicated time. The financial contribution from Dell’s employees last year was about $ 13,500.
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