(Program participants during 3D printing demonstration)

Program Launches: More than 50 African American Middle School Boys Spend Summer on Campus Learning Coding and 3D Design in Pioneering Tech Mentorship Program


Verizon and Morgan State University gather STEM educators, Civil Rights leaders, elected officials, corporate leaders, community advocates, college students and parents for an interactive discussion on “Creating opportunities for minority boys to thrive in the classroom and beyond”


BALTIMORE – For the first time in Baltimore, Verizon and Morgan State University gathered to give an inside look at Minority Male Makers, a new program that equips young African American middle school males with technology and entrepreneurial skills. At the official launch event, community leaders, civil rights organizations, educators, students, advocates and journalists came together for an interactive discussion addressing the underrepresentation of minority men in STEM fields, and steps that can be taken to close the gaps. Following the discussion, attendees were able to see the students in action with a live technology demonstration.




(Student in Action)

Much attention has been given to the importance of engaging girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), but very few are talking about the promise technology skills hold for young, African American boys. Now, the new first-of-its-kind program, Minority Male Makers is using hands-on technology skills to give minority men greater opportunities; delivering the promise of a brighter future, in school and careers; it’s starting as early as middle school.




(Tony Lewis, Vice President of State Government Affairs, Verizon) 



The Minority Male Makers Program, developed by Verizon, is a two-year program that seeks to prepare more than 700 minority middle school boys across the country with high-level skills – from 3D design to app development.

Morgan State University is one of four leading Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the nation that is directing this pioneering program, instructing the students daily during intensive, all-day technology classes on campus this summer. The students will also be paired with minority college men as mentors, in collaboration with the National CARES Mentoring Movement.




(Rose Kirk, Verizon Foundation President and Dr. David Wilson, Morgan State University President)

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