At Orion, we’re committed to impacting the communities where we live and work. Education continues to be one of our core values for both our people, and for creating a fair and equitable society. Below is a sample of our Education related initiatives.
New York Cares “Stand with Students” Initiative
It is estimated that the trauma of COVID-19, combined with school closures and inconsistent remote learning, equated to at least 12 months of lost learning for students of color (30% more than their white peers) in the New York City area over the last year. The 2022 school year will be one of the most critical for New York City’s students.
Orion stands with students to rebuild a more equitable New York City. We sponsored New York Cares’ “Stand with Students” program, a year-long New York Cares initiative designed to combat the inequities facing students most impacted by the pandemic within three focus neighborhoods (South Bronx, Central Queens, & East Brooklyn). Orion sent volunteers to assist with the New York Cares “Stand with Students” Backpack Event in Harlem on August 11, 2021, where volunteers assembled approx. 5,000 backpacks of school and hygiene supplies at the Salvation Army in East Harlem – view the short video of last year’s Backpack event and read our blog about this initiative.
Digital Education to Underserved Communities in the US
NPower creates pathways to prosperity by launching digital careers for military veterans and young adults from underserved communities across the US. Orion provides volunteer diverse guest lecturers for NPower’s 6 month curriculum, who act as role models for the students.
Community Development in Eastern Europe
As a member of the Information & Communications Technology community, Orion collaborates with leading universities in Nizhny Novgorod and Kazan, where employees teach specialty courses, host seminars, lead conferences and hackathons and mentor students. For 12 years, Orion has coached summer school students at Lobachevsky University and provided IT training. In 2019, employees led a career guidance program for recent college graduates, organized by the Chamber of Commerce of in Nizhny Novgorod. Our engineers starred in short videos, where they described their job duties and shared work-related specifics.