ALEXANDRIA, Va. (May 20, 2016) – The Salvation Army was honored yesterday at the STEM Education Leadership Awards presented by Nasdaq and EverFi, with an award recognizing its significant efforts to improve Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education and career readiness for students across North America.
Earlier this year The Salvation Army launched the national rollout of The Salvation Army Digital Learning Program presented by Target, a digital education initiative with EverFi that provides youth with critical and meaningful life skills in topics like digital preparedness, financial literacy, STEM readiness, health and wellness, and diversity and inclusion. The curriculum includes eight web-based courses offered to participants at no cost.
“We serve 250,000 kids each year, and this award means a great deal to us and the work that we do to empower youth,” said Lt. Col. Ron Busroe, National Community Relations and Development Secretary for The Salvation Army. “The digital learning program has positively impacted 200 after-school programs so far, encouraging a love of learning in a safe, guided environment.”
Honorees were selected based on a set of criteria including the scale and educational impact of their STEM initiatives. EverFi Founder and CEO Tom Davidson said, “We are proud to work with The Salvation Army, which is taking a noteworthy approach in its after-school programs nationwide to igniting student interest in critical STEM topics and exposing students to the jobs of the 21st century.”
EverFi, Inc. is the leading education technology company focused on teaching, assessing, and certifying K-12 and college students in the critical skills they need for life. The company teams with major corporations and foundations to provide the programs at no cost to K-12 schools. Some of America’s leading CEOs and venture capital firms are EverFi investors including Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, Twitter founder Evan Williams, and Google Chairman Eric Schmidt. Learn more at everfi.com.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 135 years in the United States. Approximately 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar donated to The Salvation Army is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (HumanNeedsIndex.org). For more information, go to salvationarmyusa.org or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.