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Empowering our young girls and boys to build a better future 

The Entrepreneurship Program at John Carroll University is partnering with Verizon and the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) to offer a free project-based STEM learning program, Rural Young Women and Young Men of Color, for middle school students starting on July 12. 

The program is part of Verizon Innovative Learning, Verizon’s education initiative which addresses barriers to digital inclusion and is a key program under Citizen Verizon, the company’s responsible business plan for economic, environmental, and social advancement to help move the world forward for all. Every girl and boy deserves access to a better future. Verizon launched the Verizon Innovative Learning Rural Young Women and the Young Men of Color programs to empower underserved middle school students to explore STEM subjects, learn problem-solving skills and consider career opportunities in technology fields by providing mentorship, access to technology and hands-on training. The programs provide an engaging year-long program where 6th-8th grade students can learn design thinking, 3D printing, augmented reality, and social entrepreneurship. Designed to create a more diverse pipeline for future careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) fields; no prior knowledge or experience is required.

The Verizon Innovative Learning Rural Young Women and Young Men of Color programs provide boys and girls from under-resourced middle schools a supportive STEM-enrichment educational experience. Additionally, the programs are aligned with project-based learning opportunities connected to real world challenges and invite STEM learning, career exploration, and personal development.

Although targeted to young women and young men, the programs are inclusive and welcome all genders and non-binary youth. This is a year-long program beginning with a 3-week in-person program this summer from July 12 - 30, 2021 and in-person meetings at John Carroll University one Saturday per month during the academic year. Food and transportation will be provided!

To learn more about Verizon Innovative Learning, please visit:

To register, please visit (for young men) or (for young women).

For more information about the JCU VIL program, please contact Dr. Doan Winkel at



The Entrepreneurship Program at John Carroll University provides a home where we guide curious students as they identify and solve big problems and launch big solutions using their innate creativity and passion. Through a variety of high-impact experiential learning programs, and advisory groups, our team equips John Carroll University students, faculty, staff and alumni, and a variety of Cleveland stakeholders, to confidently explore their possibilities as they prepare for the future of work.