Global Giving

Global Giving

Youth Connect

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The way people connect and communicate is changing, and changing the world. A truly globalized information technology infrastructure and those who build, run and use it are creating a new era — the Connected Era. Global Giving Dell wants to develop a generation of young people across the globe prepared to connect. Preparation includes learning how and when to use technology; gaining access to the right technology resources; and understanding how to unleash each individual’s unique potential through technology. To bring this vision to life, Dell has launched a new signature program, Dell YouthConnect designed to provide support for education and digital inclusion initiatives that the company considers essential to ensuring the next generation’s success in the Connected Era.

The inaugural Dell YouthConnect grants totaling more than $2.7 million were awarded to 11 charitable organizations in India, Brazil and Mexico – key emerging countries that are experiencing a strong need for both humanitarian need and technology access. The cash and in-kind grants support technology education for youth aged up to 17, and promote math, science and technology-skills development. Dell assessed technology and infrastructure needs in partnership with the recipient organizations and awarded strategic partnership, seed funding and employee-directed giving grants to meet their specific needs.


Dell YouthConnect’s Strategic Partnerships are the cornerstones of Dell’s efforts in a region. An organization designated as a Strategic Partner receives a significant investment from Dell to pilot its digital inclusion programs for one year, with the view toward multi-year grants. Dell chooses its Strategic Partners based on the organization’s track record of success in creating impactful, sustainable, and large-scale programs that benefit as many youth as possible and have the capacity to expand further with Dell’s investment. Each strategic partner will receive up to $500,000 for the pilot year and will work with the Dell team to fine-turn its programs and define specific performance metrics.
Grant recipients include:
  • Akshara Foundation – for a preschool education program that also provides teacher training education in Bangalore
  • American India Foundation – to create 24 computer labs in government schools in Hyderabad
  • TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) – to teach climate change to students using information communication technology tools
  • Learning Links – to create web portals to facilitate classroom use of the internet with an emphasis on math, science, and literacy
  • Global Giving in partnership with The Committee for Democracy in Information Technology – to equip and sponsor nine schools in Brazil and 13 schools in Mexico

Dell YouthConnect Seed Funding Partners receive a smaller, yet impactful, investment from Dell to support promising organizations and programs that do not yet have the capacity for a strategic partnership level grant. Each Seed Funding Partner can receive up to $100,000 for the pilot year and will work with the Dell team to fine-tune programs and define specific performance metrics as well as identify the potential for a future expanded relationship.Youth Connect India
Grant recipients include:
  • Humana India – to create six non-formal academies for working children in Delhi
  • PlanetRead – to fund televised literacy through same-language subtitling
  • Sikshana Foundation - to provide computers, memory chips and computer instruction to adopted schools in the Bangalore area

Dell believes in supporting its employees and their community involvement. Dell provides financial grants to organizations with existing and meaningful relationships with local Dell employees. These organizations have typically received high levels of employee involvement and support.
Grant recipients include:
  • Asset India Foundation – to create an English and IT training center for girl youth
  • Christel House India – to run free secondary school programs school for poor children
  • Parikrma Foundation – to fund a computer lab at a Parikrma school
About Dell YouthConnect

Dell YouthConnect is designed to ensure that youth all over the world have access to relevant education and information technology. Dell plans to expand its giving in other emerging countries in the coming years.

Other Inquiries
For information or inquiries about other Dell Global Giving grants, please email dell_giving@dell.com.

Please note that Dell does not provide grants to individuals; academic or research projects; civic, religious or political institutions; capital campaigns; fundraising auctions; school fundraisers; sponsorships; scholarships; marketing opportunities or sports events and organizations.

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