Our youth programs and events are carefully crafted to encourage STEM learning, break down gender myths, and offer career insight into STEM industries. All programs and events are led by an advisory committee, comprised of industry, higher education, and K-12 education professionals.


In addition to our own programs, we are also the central industry representative to Rhode Island’s P-TECH high tech program. P-TECH stands for Pathways in Technology Early College High School. Students enrolled in P-TECH take college-level courses while in high school and graduate high school with a diploma and an additional associate’s degree in Computer Science. This program creates incredible opportunity for Rhode Island’s students while also supplying a steady stream of trained employees for our businesses. Click here to visit the P-TECH RI page to learn more about the program.

The Mentor/Mentee relationship is designed to promote exploration of the technology field, and give students exposure to careers and working adults in the field. Many students may not otherwise have the opportunity to build a relationship with an IT professional.


The Tech Collective—in partnership with Providence Public Schools, Rhode Island College, the University of Rhode Island, Microsoft, Google, RI Commerce, RIVR, and others—has developed a framework to deliver engaging computer science learning experiences for Rhode Island’s high school students. This free summer program provides students with the opportunity to continue achieving academic gains during the summer months—mitigating both the summer slide and COVID slide.

vLEAP is targeting incoming freshmen at Providence’s E-3 Academy. Students will attend in person at E-3 and our in class learning and hands-on activities will be supplemented by our virtual Innovation Café and virtual reality experiences supported by our industry partners!

Summer Programming Specifics

vLEAP’s summer 2021 programming engages students through the utilization of gamification, competition, prizes, and digital badging and supports students in acquiring critical skills and competencies aligned with CCSS/NGSS and RI CS standards. Students participating in this experience will be a part of a community working with teachers, faculty, mentors, and peers in a meaningful, virtual educational summer experience. They will engage in this community at E-3, affording them an opportunity to build connections at their new high school with other incoming freshmen prior to the formal start of school. Students will also get a head start on their technology training and get their school laptops early.

Students will receive free transportation to E-3, breakfast, and lunch as part of vLEAP.

Students can access content—and track their progression—through a free online learning management system (LMS). Our digital badging platform, Richer Picture allows students to share their learning with their peers and back with their home districts,

The vLEAP programming over the summer will include:

  • AltspaceVR Virtual Reality Platform
  • Badges and micro-credentials
  • Gamified learning experiences and challenges
  • Alignment with district learning and Common Core
  • Different tracks based on interest and competence
  • Multiple access points for students
  • Capture the Flag events
  • Culminating experience and student awards

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