About Us

Who we are and where we started


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Our History

IN 1996, GENERATION YES WAS FOUNDED AS A 5-YEAR U.S. DEPT. OF EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION CHALLENGE GRANT. 

 

Our nonprofit was created to scale the successful student-led technology support model developed during the initial grant. The GenYES program has been around ever since. Over its twenty-year history, Generation YES has participated in several large-scale grants and customized implementations supporting its core mission. Many comprehensive third-party research projects have been done on the efficacy of the GenYES model, making it one of the most well-researched projects in EdTech. Our research and past projects can be found here.

Generation YES takes on about 100 new schools every year. This enables us to closely work with schools to create a sustainable program which can be carried forward for years. Successfully infusing a school with a program like GenYES takes a lot of time and effort- student recruitment, new assessment methodologies, data collection, changing culture and practices are all barriers to effective implementation. Our long history has enabled us to predict challenges and to provide solutions. To support our mission and help more schools provide unique learning opportunities for students, please visit the Donate page. Your donation will ensure that students are getting much needed confidence and exposure to technology to bridge the digital divide.


As for the Generation YES project, all I can say is the obvious: it’s great! I think it’s by far the best project funded by the U.S Department of Education.
— Seymour Papert, Ph.D Co-founder of MIT’s Multimedia Lab and MIT’s Artificial Intelligence Lab, Co-inventor of Logo
Generation YES... prove[s] that the nearly 50 million students in our schools are ready to become our nation’s most plentiful and critical resources for educational reform and improvement.
— Encyclopedia of Distance Learning, written by J. Boettcher and L. Schenk

Contact Us

Email: support@genyes.org

Call Toll Free: (888) 941-4369
Phone: (360) 528-2345
Fax: (360) 528-2350

 

Snail Mail: 
Generation YES
2584 R.W. Johnson Blvd. SW
Olympia, WA 98512

We are open 9AM - 5:00 PM Pacific time on weekdays.

 

Nonprofit Information

Our 990 forms are available for download.

2016 990 Form

2015 990 Form

2014 990 Form

 

GenYES Guidestar Profile 

 

Privacy Policy and Terms of Service

 

Team

 
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Dr. Dennis Harper, CEO and Founder

Dr. Dennis Harper is widely recognized as one of the world’s eminent leaders in the field of technology in education. He first began his work in instructional technology in 1967 at the secondary level in Los Angeles, Australia, Germany, Spain, and Liberia before completing his Ph.D. in International Education at the University of California in 1983.

 

Dennis has taught at the University of California Santa Barbara, Singapore’s Institute of Education, Finland's Helsinki University, and the University of the Virgin Islands where he established the Caribbean’s first university degree in educational computing and distance learning network. For the past 21 years, he has refined the Generation YES model of technology infusion.


Key Staff Members

The Generation YES staff is made up of students and teachers who have years of experience with real schools and classrooms. Not only are we dedicated to giving you the very best project-based learning management system and tech literacy certification for students, but we each use our unique skills, talents and perspectives to make our nonprofit grow.

Marc Turnbow Network Specialist

Marc Turnbow

Network Specialist

Victoria Bawn Program Engagement Coordinator

Victoria Bawn

Program Engagement Coordinator

Steve Hicks Deputy Director

Steve Hicks

Deputy Director

 

Board

 
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Generation YES is administered by a Board of Directors made up of experienced educators, students, and business executives. They meet bi-annually and plan where the nonprofit is going to go in the future.

Dennis Harper CEO and Founder of Generation YES Dennis Harper has spent the past 35 years helping students, teachers, and schools throughout the world infuse technology to improve student learning. As a former high school teacher, university professor, district technology director, ISTE board member, researcher, speaker, and the CEO and founder of Generation YES, Dr. Harper works to empower youth through technology in schools, communities and the world.

Dennis Harper

CEO and Founder of Generation YES

Dennis Harper has spent the past 35 years helping students, teachers, and schools throughout the world infuse technology to improve student learning. As a former high school teacher, university professor, district technology director, ISTE board member, researcher, speaker, and the CEO and founder of Generation YES, Dr. Harper works to empower youth through technology in schools, communities and the world.

Patrick Gill Chairman of the Board Patrick Gill spent 41 years as a teacher and administrator in public and private schools in the State of Washington and in the Marshall Islands. He taught in elementary, middle, and high schools, and at Washington State University. Dr. Gill spent the last 29 years of his career as an administrator with the Olympia School District. He retired in 2001 as deputy superintendent.

Patrick Gill

Chairman of the Board

Patrick Gill spent 41 years as a teacher and administrator in public and private schools in the State of Washington and in the Marshall Islands. He taught in elementary, middle, and high schools, and at Washington State University. Dr. Gill spent the last 29 years of his career as an administrator with the Olympia School District. He retired in 2001 as deputy superintendent.

Kelly Ireland CEO of CB Technologies Kelly Ireland, Tech CEO, investor, advisor and philanthropist, has been a contributor to the IT industry since 1976. Kelly launched CB Technologies in 2001 with a focus on offering innovative technology solutions and unparalleled client service, and has evolved as an award-winning entrepreneur IT Solutions Provider with a roster of Fortune 50 clients. In addition to building her successful business, Kelly has also been a consistent supporter and advocate of social and economic justice causes; she serves on the Board of Governors for Uplift Family Services at Hollygrove, an EMQ FamiliesFirst Agency, and is a vocal advocate for education and for women and children in need. 

Kelly Ireland

CEO of CB Technologies

Kelly Ireland, Tech CEO, investor, advisor and philanthropist, has been a contributor to the IT industry since 1976. Kelly launched CB Technologies in 2001 with a focus on offering innovative technology solutions and unparalleled client service, and has evolved as an award-winning entrepreneur IT Solutions Provider with a roster of Fortune 50 clients. In addition to building her successful business, Kelly has also been a consistent supporter and advocate of social and economic justice causes; she serves on the Board of Governors for Uplift Family Services at Hollygrove, an EMQ FamiliesFirst Agency, and is a vocal advocate for education and for women and children in need. 

Victoria Bawn Program Engagement Coordinator Victoria gives in-depth training workshops for teachers, students, and other adults about the GenYES program. She is also responsible for graphics, digital and print media, and campaigns to extend Generation YES's outreach to potential clients. She helps develop Generation YES's products based on feedback received from customers, implements marketing strategies, creates content(such as curriculum and whitepapers), and guides the nonprofit's efforts to engage with future and current customers.

Victoria Bawn

Program Engagement Coordinator

Victoria gives in-depth training workshops for teachers, students, and other adults about the GenYES program. She is also responsible for graphics, digital and print media, and campaigns to extend Generation YES's outreach to potential clients. She helps develop Generation YES's products based on feedback received from customers, implements marketing strategies, creates content(such as curriculum and whitepapers), and guides the nonprofit's efforts to engage with future and current customers.

Nick Lippert Former CEO of Physicians of SW Washington Nick Lippert has spent 31 years in health care administration. After graduating with an MHA he served in the USAF developing the foundation for an automated medical system for the Surgeons Generals. He has served in various capacities in hospital, physician and medical insurance groups. He is past president and a member of various health and private organizations.

Nick Lippert

Former CEO of Physicians of SW Washington

Nick Lippert has spent 31 years in health care administration. After graduating with an MHA he served in the USAF developing the foundation for an automated medical system for the Surgeons Generals. He has served in various capacities in hospital, physician and medical insurance groups. He is past president and a member of various health and private organizations.

Denny Hurtado Former Skokomish Tribal Nation Chairman Denny Hurtado is the former Director of Indian Education for the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. In this role, he worked with all 29 tribes in the state and led the creation of curriculum geared towards elementary, middle and high school educators. He also presented workshops and trainings in Indian education, culturally responsive curriculum and professional development.  

Denny Hurtado

Former Skokomish Tribal Nation Chairman

Denny Hurtado is the former Director of Indian Education for the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. In this role, he worked with all 29 tribes in the state and led the creation of curriculum geared towards elementary, middle and high school educators. He also presented workshops and trainings in Indian education, culturally responsive curriculum and professional development.

 

Emily McCartan Program Coordinator, Nisqually River Foundation Emily has been involved in education and youth empowerment initiatives for over 15 years, since she was a GenYES student herself.  She has taught and developed youth engagement programs with schools, museums, local governments, and arts and cultural organizations around the country.  Emily served as a policy assistant at the White House Office of Management and Budget from 2009 to 2011 and as the civic education and intern coordinator at the Washington State Legislature from 2013 to 2017.  She currently coordinates environmental education outreach, volunteer, and conservation programs at the Nisqually River Foundation.

Emily McCartan

Program Coordinator, Nisqually River Foundation

Emily has been involved in education and youth empowerment initiatives for over 15 years, since she was a GenYES student herself.  She has taught and developed youth engagement programs with schools, museums, local governments, and arts and cultural organizations around the country.  Emily served as a policy assistant at the White House Office of Management and Budget from 2009 to 2011 and as the civic education and intern coordinator at the Washington State Legislature from 2013 to 2017.  She currently coordinates environmental education outreach, volunteer, and conservation programs at the Nisqually River Foundation.

 

Advisory Board

 
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The Advisory Board contains students and educators from across the United States. These Advisors helped design, develop, and pilot test Generation YES materials from concept to completion. We thank them for their wisdom and knowledge about how to make project-based learning come to life!

Adam Fletcher Speaker, Independant Consultant, and Author

Adam Fletcher

Speaker, Independant Consultant, and Author

Adora Svitak UC Berkeley Political Review Senior Opinion Editor

Adora Svitak

UC Berkeley Political Review Senior Opinion Editor

Bernice Stafford Consultant, Northwest Evaluation Association

Bernice Stafford

Consultant, Northwest Evaluation Association

Bonnie Bracey Sutton Teacher and Technology Consultant

Bonnie Bracey Sutton

Teacher and Technology Consultant

David Paulson President and CEO of Friluft Educational Technologies

David Paulson

President and CEO of Friluft Educational Technologies

Dr. David Thornburg Director of Education at Polar3D

Dr. David Thornburg

Director of Education at Polar3D

Dr. Gary Stager Publisher and CMFO at Constructing Modern Knowledge Press

Dr. Gary Stager

Publisher and CMFO at Constructing Modern Knowledge Press

Dr. Helen Soule Executive Director of Partnership for 21st Century Learning

Dr. Helen Soule

Executive Director of Partnership for 21st Century Learning

Dr. Jayne James Executive Director, INNOVATE

Dr. Jayne James

Executive Director, INNOVATE

Dr. Karen Billings Principal, BillingsConnects

Dr. Karen Billings

Principal, BillingsConnects

Dr. Robert McLaughlin Co-Chair, National Collaborative for Digital Equity

Dr. Robert McLaughlin

Co-Chair, National Collaborative for Digital Equity

Dr. Ronnie Lowenstein President at Lowenstein & Associates, Inc

Dr. Ronnie Lowenstein

President at Lowenstein & Associates, Inc

Mary Markowsky President, E.T.C. International, Inc.

Mary Markowsky

President, E.T.C. International, Inc.

Michael Furdyk Director of Innovation, Taking IT Global

Michael Furdyk

Director of Innovation, Taking IT Global

Susan Patrick President/CEO, International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL)

Susan Patrick

President/CEO, International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL)

Sylvia Libow Martinez Author and Independent Education Consultant

Sylvia Libow Martinez

Author and Independent Education Consultant

Tom Aurelio Davis Director of Business Development at CALSA

Tom Aurelio Davis

Director of Business Development at CALSA