will.i.am and The Prince's TRust launch new education
Musician and philanthropist will.i.am has
launched a new Prince’s Trust scheme to engage disadvantaged young
people with technology and science, following his £500,000 donation
to The Trust in 2012.
Black Eyed Peas frontman visited the Science Museum in London to
launch The Prince’s Trust workshops, which will be run in
partnership with the Science Museum in schools across the
The new partnership will see Science Museum outreach staff
visiting Prince’s Trust xl clubs in schools across the country to
deliver Launchbox workshops aimed at inspiring and engaging 13-19
year olds in STEM (science, technology, engineering and
The Prince's Trust’s xl clubs help
young people struggling at school and at risk of exclusion.
The launch of the workshops comes ahead of a Prince’s Trust
report to be released tomorrow revealing a lack of digital skills
among the younger generation.
The research, conducted by Ipsos MORI, shows a quarter of
unemployed young people (24%) “dread” filling in online job
applications and one in ten (11%) admit they avoid using
Inspiring young people through science and
technology is a powerful tool and I am proud to see my donation to
The Prince’s Trust being put into action to help engage
disadvantaged youth who would not otherwise have access to
technology and science education.
He continued, "These workshops are an amazing way to engage
disadvantaged youngsters who don’t have this sort of access to
technology and science otherwise.
"Today I have met with young people who are being supported by
The Trust to improve their digital skills or seek to make their
living through STEM related subjects.
"Through this new initiative, we will connect many more
disadvantaged youngsters to the worlds of computing, and science
Martina Milburn, Chief Executive of The Prince’s Trust said:
We work with the hardest-to-reach pupils, who
may not have access to a computer at home and often don't have
basic IT skills. The Trust is using will.i.am's generous donation
to engage these young people in science and technology while
they're still at school.
She continued, “We're also giving young people more access to IT
to support them into work and helping more unemployed young people
set up technology-related businesses. The donation from will.i.am
is transforming how we help young people in all these areas."
Toby Parkin, Outreach and Resources Manager, from the Science
"We know the importance of making science exciting and
accessible to everyone. Our initiative with The Prince’s Trust aims
to encourage youngsters who may not have considered science and
technology as a possible career path. The workshops will span the
country across 2013 and see many more young people experimenting
with technology and science."
will.i.am met with HRH The Prince of
Wales, The Prince’s Trust president, last year, to discuss his
support for disadvantaged young people at The Trust with funding
from his i.am angel foundation.