Marcelo Claure, founder of the 1Million Project Foundation, read an article in 2015 about America’s homework gap.
The article included this startling fact: 5 million households with school-aged children in the U.S. are unable to do their homework properly because they do not have internet access at home. It also included stories of children going to school two hours early to use their school’s network or sitting outside of fast-food restaurants late at night, just to access Wi-Fi. Reflecting on how internet access had shaped his life, Marcelo believed more could and should be done to ensure every hardworking student has an equal shot at excelling in school. In October 2016, Marcelo announced the creation of the 1Million Project at a town hall event with President Obama. And, in 2017, the 1Million Project Foundation was formally established as a public charity with 501(c)(3) status whose mission is to help one million students reach their full potential by ensuring they have the devices and connectivity necessary to succeed in school and achieve their goals.