Verizon's investment in STEM education will take the national stage tonight during the NCAA National Championship game with the debut of a new ad under Verizon's "Humanability" platform. The 60-second film, directed by documentary filmmaker Rory Kennedy, shines a spotlight on the issue of the digital divide, featuring teachers and students who are participants in Verizon Innovative Learning programs. To view the ad, click here."You become a public school teacher for one reason," said Dawn Martesi, a teacher in a Verizon Innovative Learning program in Bristol, PA who is featured in the ad. "You believe in the potential that every kid has when they walk in the door, and you know that when they leave you they can become anything. I can't wait for ten years from now when I get to talk to them again and see who they are." "Verizon Innovative Learning's objective is to ensure that all children have every conceivable opportunity to be successful and make a positive impact on the world," said Rose Stuckey Kirk, Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer for Verizon. "By 2020, nearly eight in ten jobs will require technology skills and we all must work together to provide the education and resources students need to realize the possibilities of their brighter future." * After two years, Verizon Innovative Learning school students improved on standardized tests at rates higher than their peers - 3X for math and 2X for reading. Source: Westat March 15, 2017 Research - Verizon Innovative Learning Schools: Results of the Analysis of Student Administrative Data From Cohort 1 Schools (based on two years of data for 6th grade Cohort 1 schools that provided complete data). **Across all Verizon Innovative Learning studies 2017. ***NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Nominations are accepted from April 2, 2018 at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time ("ET") to April 15, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Open to legal residents of 50 US & DC who are at least 18 at time of nomination. See Official Rules for complete details: vz.to/terms. Sponsor: Verizon Corporate Resources Group LLC, One Verizon Way Basking Ridge, NJ 07920. Administrators: Digital Promise, 1001 Connecticut Ave NW Suite 935, Washington, DC 20036 and R/GA, 450 West 33rd Street, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10007. Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) (Nasdaq:VZ), headquartered in New York City, generated $126 billion in 2017 revenues. The company operates America's most reliable wireless network and the nation's premier all-fiber network and delivers integrated solutions to businesses worldwide. Its Oath subsidiary reaches about one billion people around the world with a dynamic house of media and technology brands.
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