CISCO LIVE, LAS VEGAS – June 15, 2022— We don’t know much about the workforce today’s 10-year-olds will eventually enter; in fact, The Institute for the Future reports 85% of the jobs today’s students could apply for in 2030 don’t even exist yet. But some things are certain—they will need a solid education to be adaptable, creative, and tech fluent.
Driven by its mission to secure an inclusive future for all, Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) is partnering with multiple Grammy award-winning musician, producer, entrepreneur and philanthropist Pharrell Williams to provide technology centered around connectivity, collaboration and security at Williams’ school, YELLOWHAB.
Through YELLOW, Williams wants to “EVEN THE ODDS” for all students to make sure the next generation has the tools and resources they need to succeed, especially under-resourced youth. To that end, he created YELLOWHAB, a microschool that gives students an immersive learning experience based on skill, not age.
“This partnership between YELLOW and Cisco will take the education of our students at YELLOWHAB to the next level,” says Pharrell Williams. “I look forward to our youth experiencing education through Cisco’s state of the art technology which will continuously expand their lens of possibility through which they see themselves, their community, and their futures.”
Cisco Chair and CEO, Chuck Robbins, ties YELLOW’s mission to Cisco’s company purpose: “Cisco’s purpose is to power an inclusive future for all, which includes empowering future generations and making a positive impact on communities around the world. It’s critical that we work together with local partners to ensure that today’s youth learn and realize their potential in a digital age. Everyone needs access to experiential learning, and we’re proud to work with Pharrell and YELLOW to reach historically marginalized communities and close the digital divide.”
Named after Williams’ non-profit, YELLOW, and “HAB” after their space inspiration of a natural habitat where you learn and grow, YELLOWHAB is located in Norfolk, Virginia, offering small learning cohorts and personalized, competency-based curriculum emphasizing entrepreneurship, arts, culture, and STEM to encourage the skills and mindsets students need to thrive in school and in their local community.
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YELLOW is built on the shoulders of From One Hand to Another (FOHTA), which was founded by recording artist, producer, songwriter, philanthropist and entrepreneur Pharrell Williams in 2008 to provide thousands of children across the US the opportunity to attend STEAM-focused summer camps.
Launched in 2019, YELLOW is a non-profit with a mission to EVEN THE ODDS through education, believing that the pull of gravity should not change by zip code and every child deserves an equal opportunity to thrive. YELLOW’s ecosystem approach puts youth at the center and surrounds them with the support they need to realize their unique potential. Building upon Pharrell’s longstanding commitment to his community and education, YELLOW will work to unlock possibility in our youth.