WOW!! Google.org just donated $1M Grant to Chance the Rapper’s SocialWorks non-profit and 500K to Chicago Public Schools CS4ALL Initiative! The rapper even surprised several Chicago fifth graders at Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Academy today with a special visit during Computer Science Education Week.
SocialWorks, a non profit cofounded by Chance, is on a mission to ensure that youth from across the city have access to programming and the supports necessary to reach their full potential as citizens – including ensuring that they have access to arts, music, and coding as a means to express themselves.
Today’s visit reinforced that computer science is a part of that mission. Shortly after Chance made his coding debut, Alphabet Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, David Drummond, announced that Google.org is donating $1.5 million to bring computer science education to students in Chicago, with $500,000 going to Chicago Public Schools’ CS4All Initiative and $1 million to SocialWorks.
The grant will help teachers implement computer science and arts curriculum in their classrooms, and it builds on $40 million in Google.org grants that provide opportunities for students underrepresented in computer science to explore the field.
Way to go Chance the Rapper. I just love reporting GREAT THINGS HAPPENING! 🙂