"These funds will enable our organization to further engage Silicon Valley's young people with technology in an effort to enhance their lives and expand their opportunities for success and leadership in today's digital world." - Dr. Idit Harel Caperton
New York, NY (PRWEB) June 28, 2012
World Wide Workshop has been awarded a $20,000 Empowerment Grant from the Motorola Mobility Foundation in support of Globaloria, a social learning network and curriculum that enables students to develop digital literacies, STEM knowledge and global citizenship skills through game design. The grant recognizes the important work and mission of the World Wide Workshop and will allow the Workshop to continue to strengthen the local communities of San Jose and Silicon Valley, California.
Founded in 2004, World Wide Workshop develops applications for learning with technology that combine game mechanics and social networking to empower all youth to be inventors and leaders in the global knowledge economy. Led by visionary entrepreneur Dr. Idit Harel Caperton, the Workshop's programs transform education by connecting youth and educators to learning, community engagement and economic development through game production. Currently, 200 students from San Jose and the Silicon Valley are part of the national Globaloria social learning network. Support from Motorola Mobility Foundation will allow the Workshop to expand to serve more than 1,300 youth in this underserved community with ongoing STEM learning opportunities in 2012-13.
"We are excited and honored to win an Empowerment Grant from the Motorola Mobility Foundation," said Dr. Idit Harel Caperton, President and Founder of the World Wide Workshop. "These funds will enable our organization to further engage Silicon Valley's young people with technology in an effort to enhance their lives and expand their opportunities for success and leadership in today's digital world."
Empowerment Grants support U.S.-based nonprofit organizations in the development of mobile applications to enrich the communities they serve. This year, 42 non-profits received Empowerment Grants to engage in a wide variety of outreach activities, ranging from technology-literacy education and app boot camps to collecting data for research projects to peer mentoring for students through the use of technology.
"The Empowerment Grants program allows organizations to infuse technology into their communities," said Eileen Sweeney, director of the Motorola Mobility Foundation. "On behalf of Motorola Mobility, I'd like to sincerely congratulate this year's exceptional and inspiring group of grantees."
About the World Wide Workshop
World Wide Workshop is a nonprofit organization that invents social media and digital technology applications to help youth and educators participate as leaders in the global knowledge economy. Globaloria is the first and largest social learning network for developing digital literacy, STEM knowledge and global citizenship skills through game design. Launched in 2006, the results-proven Globaloria is at work today in middle- and high-school classrooms and community centers in five states: California, Florida, New York, Texas and West Virginia. Learn more about World Wide Workshop and Globaloria online.
About Motorola Mobility Foundation
The Motorola Mobility Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Mobility. With employees located around the globe, Motorola Mobility seeks to benefit the communities where it operates. The company achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships, fostering innovation and engaging stakeholders. The Motorola Mobility Foundation focuses its funding on education, community, health and wellness and disaster relief. For more information, on Motorola Mobility Corporate and Foundation giving, visit Motorola.com/give.