Access Your Potential engages 10k students for science festival

Access Your Potential is PwC US’ $320 million commitment to teach underserved students the tech and money skills they need to equip themselves for a successful future. As a part of this initiative PwC sponsored the USA Science & Engineering Festival, giving students hands-on coding experience, learning robotics and math activities from our nonprofit collaborators Code.org, FIRST and MIND Research Institute.

PwC Access Your Potential volunteer helps students
students at USA Science & Engineering Festival

Setting the scene

Technology is changing the face of learning and the jobs of the future. By 2020, 77% of US jobs will require some degree of technological skills, and there will be one million more computing jobs than applicants who can fill them. This gap gives business a distinct opportunity to take the skills they are teaching to their people and bring them to their communities to equip the future workforce.

Enter Access Your Potential, PwC US’s $320 million commitment to teach underserved students the tech and money skills they need to equip themselves for a successful future.

Activating Access Your Potential

The commitment comes to life in countless ways-- teaching a student to budget, training a teacher on data visualization, using drones to deliver school supplies or even programming a robot. One of the most memorable Access Your Potential experiences to date was at the USA Science & Engineering Festival held in Washington D.C. In April 2018, hundreds of thousands of people attended the event to check out thousands of STEM experiences. PwC turned out in full force with the goal of giving students a hands-on experience coding, learning robotics and math activities from our nonprofit collaborators Code.org, FIRST and MIND Research Institute.

Impact

More than 10,000 students completed the full experience of the exhibit, and a small army of more than 70 PwC volunteers guided students through the activities.

US Advisory Leader Mohamed Kande spoke to hundreds of students about how technology has played a transformative role in his life, and about PwC’s commitment to helping them prepare for the future through Access Your Potential.

As Mohamed shared after his remarks: “Access Your Potential is a two-way street. The first way is about being able to give back through financial literacy and, now, with technology skills. We’re going to learn a lot -- we’re going to learn what the needs of the students are, and what technology makes sense for them. It’s a great initiative that certainly gives back to society, and one that we can get a lot out of in return.”

students at USA Science & Engineering Festival
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Bethan Grillo

Bethan Grillo

Global Corporate Sustainability Managing Director, PwC United Kingdom

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