IN 1996, GENERATION YES WAS FOUNDED AS A 5-YEAR U.S. DEPT. OF EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION CHALLENGE GRANT.
Our nonprofit was created to scale the successful student-led technology support model developed during the initial grant. The GenYES program has been around ever since. Over its twenty-year history, Generation YES has participated in several large-scale grants and customized implementations supporting its core mission. Many comprehensive third-party research projects have been done on the efficacy of the GenYES model, making it one of the most well-researched projects in EdTech. Our research and past projects can be found here.
Generation YES takes on about 100 new schools every year. This enables us to closely work with schools to create a sustainable program which can be carried forward for years. Successfully infusing a school with a program like GenYES takes a lot of time and effort- student recruitment, new assessment methodologies, data collection, changing culture and practices are all barriers to effective implementation. Our long history has enabled us to predict challenges and to provide solutions. To support our mission and help more schools provide unique learning opportunities for students, please visit the Donate page. Your donation will ensure that students are getting much needed confidence and exposure to technology to bridge the digital divide.
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Dr. Dennis Harper, CEO and Founder
Dr. Dennis Harper is widely recognized as one of the world’s eminent leaders in the field of technology in education. He first began his work in instructional technology in 1967 at the secondary level in Los Angeles, Australia, Germany, Spain, and Liberia before completing his Ph.D. in International Education at the University of California in 1983.
Dennis has taught at the University of California Santa Barbara, Singapore’s Institute of Education, Finland's Helsinki University, and the University of the Virgin Islands where he established the Caribbean’s first university degree in educational computing and distance learning network. For the past 21 years, he has refined the Generation YES model of technology infusion.
Key Staff Members
The Generation YES staff is made up of students and teachers who have years of experience with real schools and classrooms. Not only are we dedicated to giving you the very best project-based learning management system and tech literacy certification for students, but we each use our unique skills, talents and perspectives to make our nonprofit grow.
Generation YES is administered by a Board of Directors made up of experienced educators, students, and business executives. They meet bi-annually and plan where the nonprofit is going to go in the future.
The Advisory Board contains students and educators from across the United States. These Advisors helped design, develop, and pilot test Generation YES materials from concept to completion. We thank them for their wisdom and knowledge about how to make project-based learning come to life!