The TDF Foundation believes that digital literacy and computer skills will be critical for all members of the workforce as our economy continues to shift to a digital economy. The Foundation supports various programs to help impart these skills on rising generations.
DC Innovation Opportunity Program: Too many residents of the District of Columbia do not have the skills needed for 21st Century Careers. In 2015, the Foundation partnered with 1776, General Assembly, Microsoft, MedStar and Capital One to address these education gaps. The program provides upfront training, followed by a paid internship which leads to full time employment as a User Experience Designer or Web Developer. The inaugural year for this initiative will be completed in August 2016.
Start-up Technology Program: The Foundation has partnered with Clearly Innovative/Luma Labs to provide after-school and summer programs to D.C. middle school students in low-income communities. These young students learn about software development, merged with entrepreneurship and pitch their Mobile App to a panel of judges. The program creates a fun environment for young people to learn about teamwork, problem solving and opportunities in STEM.