The Tech Mahindra Foundation was launched to address the educational needs of the underprivileged, especially children. The Foundation aims to realize its vision by creating and supporting programs that will bring about sustainable changes, aimed at the economically less privileged and socially disadvantaged. The Foundation was formally launched in June 2007 as an expression of understanding of these issues of social concern.
Tech Mahindra Foundation joined hands with Smile Foundation to empower underprivileged youth through the livelihood programme Smile Twin e-Learning Programme (STeP). Since January 2009 Tech Mahindra is supporting STeP centres. STeP is such an initiative of Smile Foundation that aims at creating a pool of young and independent people, from the marginalized section, through skill enhancement in tandem with market requirements. It is an effort towards bridging the gap between demand and supply of skilled manpower in the fast emerging services and retail sectors of modern India.
This national level programme trains the urban underprivileged adolescent youth in English Proficiency, Basic Computer Education and Soft Skills for enhancing their prospects of employment in the fast expanding retail, hospitality and BPO sectors. Besides Computer and English language, the students and beneficiaries are also to be oriented and trained on Basic Retail Management, Gender Issues, Personality Development and Career Counseling, Reproductive and Sexual Health, HIV/AIDS etc.
Smile Foundation appreciates and acknowledges the invaluable support of Tech Mahindra Foundation