At Amazon, we are committed to ensuring all children and young adults, especially those from underrepresented and underserved communities who reside in areas where we have a physical presence, have the resources and skills they need to build their best and brightest futures. We focus on building long-term and innovative programs that will have a lasting, positive impact in communities around the world.
As part of this focus, we work to both inspire and increase access to computer science and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education. Our primary computer science focused initiative is Amazon Future Engineer – a four-part, childhood-to-career program aimed at inspiring and educating 10 million students from underprivileged and underrepresented communities each year to try computer science and coding.
Amazon is also committed to what we call “Right Now Needs,” which includes increasing access to food, shelter, and basic goods for children and their families, specifically when it comes to fighting hunger, homelessness, and disaster relief efforts. And our $2 million ‘Right Now Needs Fund,’ created in partnership with Seattle’s Alliance for Education in 2018, seeks to remove barriers to learning by providing funds to Seattle public schools for urgent student needs (food, clothing, supplies).
We’ve also supported tens of thousands of overlooked and underrepresented writers through $10 million in grants from the Amazon Literary Partnership to more than 120 diverse groups since 2009.