AWS and Community Outreach
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is committed to making a positive difference around the world. Whether it’s using technology to solve the world’s most pressing issues, or through our employees donating their time to support causes they care about, AWS is dedicated to building a world where every person has the opportunity to live a life of dignity on a healthy planet.
To make a positive impact, specifically in the regions where we build and operate our global infrastructure, we established a program called AWS InCommunities. AWS InCommunities launches long-term, innovative programs that will have a lasting impact in our regions around the world where we work, live, and raise our families. AWS InCommunities is obsessed with being good neighbors, and we start with the community and work backwards to represent infrastructure communities inside AWS.
How AWS InCommunities is committed to making a difference
There are four pillars that anchor the work of AWS InCommunities. All programs align to these four pillars: STEAM Education, Access, and Equity; Local Tech Upskilling, Environmental Stewardship; Employee Engagement.
To make a long-term impact in the communities where AWS builds infrastructure, the four pillars direct how we make a difference.
STEAM Education, Access, and Equity
To help create the next generation of creative thinkers and future builders in the communities where we have a physical presence, AWS InCommunities provides students and families with innovative and engaging STEAM learning opportunities and pathways. Our efforts are aimed at providing equitable STEAM education and access by welcoming learners that have long been underrepresented in STEAM and empowering them to pursue careers in STEAM.
Local Tech Upskilling
To build a vibrant pipeline of talent skilled in cloud computing, AWS invests in developing local talent in the community, because we value a workforce that represents diverse backgrounds. We’ve intentionally partnered with local education organizations to create development and upskilling programs aimed at both students and individuals re-entering the workforce to connect them with internships and careers in our data centers and across AWS. Our objective is for new professionals specialized in cloud technology to be fully prepared to enter the job market and contribute to the local economy.
AWS InCommunities fully supports AWS Sustainability goals, which focuses on achieving 100 percent renewable usage for our global AWS infrastructure footprint. To support these broader sustainability efforts, we’ve partnered with local education organizations and nonprofit groups that share our passion for a greener planet. Through our sponsorship of long-term environmental projects, we collectively work together to get to net zero and most importantly, improve the livelihoods of local communities.
AWS employees are integral to the success of AWS InCommunities programs. AWS employees are dedicated to their communities, and this is reflected in the thousands of hours of service in the places we live, work, and raise families. Our employees play a vital role in our broader community initiatives, and they have formed local community ambassador groups to regularly “take on causes” in their own backyard. Our lead ambassadors help us determine the path of community engagement in the area, and they take the lead in organizing and managing events that tie back to our four pillars.
Global Signature Programs
AWS is dedicated to inspiring future builders, especially those from underrepresented and underserved communities who reside in areas where we have a physical presence. Through our Signature Programs, we help increase thousands of students’ access to STEAM education opportunities in fun and imaginative ways. We are intentional about adding the “A” to “STEM” because we know that the arts help build future-ready students who develop into well-rounded and creative problem solvers.
AWS CloudRoom is an educational volunteer initiative powered by AWS InCommunities that provides students aged 9-14 with learning experiences focused on the Cloud and emerging cloud technologies. AWS CloudRoom will take place in select regions from September 28 to October 28, 2022.
Register here and learn more.
AWS Girls' Tech Day is a program that aims to educate, inspire, and empower girls and young women aged 8 to 24 to pursue careers in technology. It encourages future female builders to Think Big and ignite their imaginations through STEAM, as well as participate in fun and engaging workshops and explore exciting career paths in technology.
Register here and learn more.
AWS Think Big Spaces provide a place beyond the standard classroom for students to explore and cultivate an interest in STEAM and STEAM related careers. These labs encourage a hands-on approach where students think big to solve real-world problems.
Below are some examples of how we are making a positive impact around the world.
Rural school infrastructure in Telangana, India has been given a boost
While schools are the foundation of learning, the best learning outcomes require an environment that is comfortable and inspiring. For students and staff at the Zilla Parishad High School in Hythabad, this has become more important than ever.
AWS InCommunities is proud of its focus in the region to prioritize renovation of school infrastructure and supporting learning outcomes. This has included the recent renovation of the Zilla Parishad High School. The works included extensive civil and electrical works, plumbing, carpentry and painting work. A water storage tank with 300 litres capacity and a water purifier have been installed to provide healthy water supply. The team also provided furniture such as benches, tables, and chairs. And all just in time for the new school year! Learn more.
InCommunities provides support for housing projects in Oregon
The Stepping Stones Alliance was established to address the increasing need for support services and shelter for community members in Eastern Oregon. The Alliance was recently awarded the bid for the City of Umatilla’s Practical Assistance through Transitional Housing (PATH) project.
AWS InCommunities is a proud supporter of the Stepping Stones Alliance, with a recent donation of $100,00 for the PATH project. The project includes facilities, support services, and resources that will allow for the development of stable housing for those most in need. Stepping Stones Alliance is working in partnership with the cities of Umatilla, Hermiston, Stanfield and Echo as well as the Umatilla County Commissioners to develop a project geared towards providing both emergency overnight shelter as well as transitional housing for the community.
Our first Think Big Space in Australia
AWS InCommunities has launched the first Think Big Space in Australia at Blacktown Girls’ High in Sydney.
The space is inspiring future builders by providing access to high-quality learning resources to learn about cloud computing and technology. To help achieve this, AWS provided laptops, video conferencing tools, robotics equipment, artificial intelligence technologies and lego robotic kits to furnish the space. Over 900 students will have access to the Think Big Space as they explore the many wonderful career opportunities and pathways in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics education (STEAM). Learn more.
Launch of a new community fund in Ireland
AWS is delighted to announce the new AWS InCommunities Fund for the Fingal area in Dublin, Ireland.
The Community fund, which is now open, will empower local community groups, schools, and organisations in Fingal to kick-start new projects or expand existing ones for the benefit of the community. The €150,000 fund will be managed and administered by non-profit organisation ChangeX, and is expected to support up to 30 community projects in the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics education (STEAM), sustainability, or health and wellbeing. Learn more.
The AWS Inclusion & Outreach team visit Hilliard Schools in Columbus, Ohio
Leaders from the AWS Inclusion and Outreach global team recently spent a day with Hilliard Schools at their Innovation Campus learning from students and staff.
AWS InCommunities has helped build and support 17 AWS Think Big Spaces within the Hilliard Schools district, where students can cultivate their interest in tech careers outside of a classroom environment. AWS has also collaborated with Hilliard City Schools on STEAM curriculum and events such as Girls Tech Day, and Young STEM Initiative, as well as on professional development initiatives.
Learn more about AWS InCommunities programs around the world
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