‘Roger That’ Inspiration Lab
Strengthening the mental resilience of young people
The Rogier Hulst Foundation aims to strengthen the mental resilience of youth through the ‘Roger That’ Inspiration Lab. The lab provides a meeting place for young people and will implement a newly developed holistic program. One of the aims of this program will be to inspire and encourage young people to discover and develop their talents. The first of these inspiration labs now operates in the Brainport Eindhoven region.
The lab offers tailor-made education programs for small groups to work with local educational institutions. The ASML Foundation has committed to support this technology education aspect of the program for a period of three years.
Making tech education accessible
TechMeUp is a joint initiative from multiple technology education institutions to facilitate the retraining of underserved or vulnerable people for a future career in technology. The initiative’s goal is to serve a population that is at least 50% women, providing them with an opportunity to complete short-term technology training programs through interest-free loans to be repaid after they’ve found a job.
The ASML Foundation has committed to supporting students in the Brainport Eindhoven region for a period of three years, after which time TechUpMe plans to become self-sufficient.
Fostering hope through education for those in need
Friendship Bangladesh provides access to health care, education and other necessities to people – especially children – in the country's remote northern island region. This area of Bangladesh lacks basic infrastructure and services, leaving its inhabitants marginalized and vulnerable. Floods occur annually in these remote islands (called ‘chars’ locally) in the Jamuna River, which can alter their shape or even destroy them. This constantly changing landscape prevents the development of many aspects of modern civilization such as roads and electricity – much less schools.
As there are few to no qualified teachers available, the Friendship Secondary Education Program, supported by the ASML Foundation, provides education to children in these remote communities through ICT. Thousands of hours of educational videos, based on the government curriculum, were made by highly qualified teachers living in Dhaka.
The program serves a secondary purpose: it gives girls from underserved communities an alternative to early marriage by enabling them to continue their education.
Providing refugees with essential science and ICT skills
A nonprofit joint venture between the Malaysia-based Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) and the Netherlands-based Young Refugee Cause (YRC), IDEAS Academy is a humanitarian project aimed at underprivileged refugees ages 12–18 living in marginalized communities in Kuala Lumpur. As these young refugees do not have a legal status in Malaysia, they cannot attend public schools nor can they afford private schools.
With the support of the ASML Foundation, the IDEAS Academy provides science education to these underprivileged children with the aim of equipping them with the knowledge and skillset to not only better understand the world around them but apply these new skills in future endeavors, whether that is further education or a career. In addition to science education, the program provides ICT classes to ensure that these young students are ready to enter an ever-advancing workforce – and gain a better future.
Inspiring girls to be strong, smart and bold
Girls, Inc. of the Pacific Northwest (Girls Inc. PNW) helps girls in low-income communities to overcome barriers to their life-long success by teaching them to be strong (through lessons and activities supporting healthy living), smart (through hands-on activities involving STEM concepts as well as through college preparation) and bold (through teaching leadership skills and economic, financial and media literacy).
The ASML Foundation supports the Girls, Inc. Eureka! Program, an intensive five-year program that utilizes a STEM-based approach to engaging and empowering girls in grades 8–12 to see themselves as leaders and an important part of the workforce of the future. The long-term goal of the Eureka! Program is to motivate and support girls living in low-income communities to make healthy life choices, pursue post-secondary education and careers in STEM fields and to ultimately achieve economic independence.
Connecticut Invention Convention (CIC)
Instilling the spirit of ingenuity through invention and innovation
The ASML Foundation has been supporting the Connecticut Invention Convention (CIC) for more than five years and recently committed to supporting them for another three years.
Founded in 1983, the CIC is a non-profit educational program that is open to all K-12 students statewide, and is designed to develop and encourage creative-problem-solving and critical-thinking skills through innovation and entrepreneurship. The CIC offers students a way to discover new skill sets and apply these in real-life settings, while nurturing STEM skills. The program reaches more than 16,000 students annually, including 3,000 in the Hartford area, with a diverse population of student participants.
The CIC is also actively working with the ASML Foundation to engage ASML employees as judges, volunteers, and mentors.