EverFi and Pharrell Williams’ From One Hand to AnOTHER Partner on Community Education Initiative
Collaboration Will Bring Critical Skills Education to Urban Youths
Washington, D.C. (June 9, 2014) – EverFi, Inc., the leading critical skills education company, has announced a new partnership with From One Hand to AnOTHER, an educational non-profit founded by internationally renowned musician and producer Pharrell Williams. Beginning this summer, EverFi will provide digital learning opportunities to students attending the Summer of Innovation Camp coordinated by From One Hand to AnOTHER in Virginia Beach, VA. Designed to spark student interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), the camps will reach over 500 students in third through eighth grades and provide them with Ignition – Digital Literacy & Responsibility™ and Vault – Understanding Money™, two of EverFi’s web-based courses designed for elementary and middle school students.
“Children are filled with so much possibility and potential, but it’s critical that we surround them with opportunities to learn, to be creative, and to have access to passionate teachers and mentors,” said Pharrell Williams. “If we’re going to develop a prepared workforce and the future leaders of America, we need to make these kinds of critical learning opportunities possible even during the summer months.”
To announce the initiative, Pharrell Williams headlined a kickoff event at his alma mater, Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach on Saturday, June 7. More than 800 students, administrators, and community members attended the event including Virginia delegate Ron Villanueva and Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms, who presented Pharrell Williams with a key to the city. Representatives from the office of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe also announced an official proclamation naming June 7 as Pharrell Williams Day across the Commonwealth of Virginia.
“We’re incredibly fortunate to be working together with one of the world’s great creative forces and education advocates,” said Tom Davidson, EverFi chief executive officer. “This partnership is exactly the kind we need to elevate the importance of STEM education and mentorship.”
With EverFi’s Ignition, students learn how to live and succeed in the modern digital world filled with smartphones, computers, Internet, online identity risks, and cyberbullying. The curriculum focuses on building digital skills, such as creating a blog and maintaining a responsible social networking profile, while also helping students understand the technology skills needed for the jobs of tomorrow. EverFi’s Vault increases students’ knowledge and builds the foundation for making good financial decisions at a young age. For example, students are challenged to learn financial responsibility, build money management skills, and understand the importance of insurance and long-term savings.
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About EverFi Inc.
EverFi, Inc. is the leading education technology company to teach, assess, and certify students in critical skills. With backing from some of technology’s most innovative leaders including Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, Twitter founder Evan Williams, and Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, EverFi has built the most comprehensive critical skills platform and has certified over 7 million students. EverFi’s education learning platforms include Financial Literacy, Student Loan Management, Digital Citizenship, Cyberbullying, STEM Readiness, Entrepreneurship, Alcohol Abuse and Sexual Assault Awareness. The company is powering a national movement in 50 states that enables adults and students to learn using the latest technology, including rich media, 3D gaming, simulation, social networking, and virtual worlds. Learn more at www.everfi.com.
About From One Hand to Another
From One Hand To AnOTHER is a 501 C3 Not for Profit Foundation established by Pharrell Williams for the sole purpose of supporting STEAMM learning programs developed for underserved youth between the ages of 7 and 20 in at risk communities. FOHTA’s mission is to “Change the world one kid at a time by providing them the tools and resources to meet their unique potential.”