University of the District of Columbia (UDC) Verizon Innovative Learning (VIL)
Free Program for Minority Males in Middle Schools (6th -8th Grade)

UDC VIL Program Information and Requirements:
By 2020, 77% of the US jobs will require a technology skill-set, yet millions of students lack access to the technology and resources they need to help them thrive in a digital economy.  Verizon Innovative Learning (VIL), a Verizon Foundation education initiative, addresses this issue by providing free technology, free access and an innovative curriculum to students impacted by the digital divide.

This summer, the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) will partner with Verizon Innovative Learning to offer a program that will provide next-gen technology and entrepreneurship courses to local minority male students in middle school on the UDC campus. We are proud to work with the Verizon Foundation to cultivate an interest in STEM education and help prepare students for future jobs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

The applicant must be a male of African American or Hispanic descent and must be entering grades 6th, 7th or 8th during the 2019-2020 School Year

The 2019-2020 VIL curriculum will include the following areas of focus that will permeate various elements of the program:
-Design Thinking                       -Augmented Reality (AR)                       -Virtual Reality (VR)
-Electronics                               -3D Modeling & Printing                        -Team and Character Building

The VIL Program has three components:

  1. Summer Enrichment Camp–The 3-week summer camp will be held on the UDC Van Ness campus

2.      Saturday STEM Academy–The Saturday STEM Academy will be held one Saturday per month
3.      Mentor/Mentee Pairing– Students will be paired with a mentor and assigned a peer team.

Verizon Online Registration Form:

The Verizon online registration form can be found at
Please make sure to provide all of the information requested in each question (i.e. your son’s full legal name, not nickname) and select “the University of the District of Columbia” in the dropdown menu for the first question (“Please select the school location”) on the second page of the Verizon online registration form.