Students represent more than 90% of the K-12 education population and they likely possess 95% of the technology expertise in the school. Unquestionably, they are 100% of the reason that schools exist. Unfortunately, many students have been left out of most important technological innovations in education. Research shows these students often lack exposure to technology outside of school, are the most disengaged from curriculum, and lack adequate workforce and college preparation.
Schools are also facing new challenges, such as:
- More money being spent on technology in schools than ever before, with mixed results
- Teachers are tasked with embedding technology into curriculum
- Online assessments require funding and preparedness to provide legitimate results
GenYES STLs Meet the Challenge
Our program in action at 20 LA Alliance schools in California.
Our programs have impacted over a thousand schools and hundreds of thousands of students since its inception in 1996. We've implemented GenYES in every state in the US, the Virgin Islands, South East Asia, and Canada, and we're still growing!
Who are we?
Our nonprofit's team is comprised of high school students, teachers, and other adults passionate about education. You can read more on our Staff Biographies page.
We've been developing GenYES since 1996, when it was first funded by the Technology Innovation Challenge Grant Program.
In 1996, the federal government funded the Technology Innovation Challenge Grant program. The primary goal of these grants was to fund innovative ideas, that once proven effective, could be scaled to provide schools a model of technology integration and support. One hundred and four initial grants were funded, including GenYES.
Around the same time, the realization was setting in that traditional methods of professional development were not enhancing technology infusion in schools. After-school workshops and inservices promised great things, powerful hardware could be purchased, and endless new versions of software could be upgraded, but rarely was there adequate support when teachers actually tried to use the technology in the classroom.
Generation YES immediately provided a solution to how schools could harness the students' technology expertise and interest while simultaneously expanding learning opportunities, building confidence, and giving valuable workforce readiness skills.
Over the last twenty years, we have continuously developed our programs and products to ensure that the technology burden is reduced for schools and that students, especially those who need or desire unique learning opportunities, are given chances to contribute and succeed.
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