The Hispanic Heritage Foundation in Los Angeles and other groups will benefit from a $5 million grant from Google.org over the next three years to increase Latino student access to computer science education, it was announced Wednesday.
Google.org, the charitable arm of the multinational tech company, said the YWCA and UnidosUS would also share in the grant as part of Google.org’s $25 million commitment this year to help African American and Latino students develop skills to enter the job market.
HHF, which has headquarters in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles, will receive $1 million over the next three years as part of the overall grant to introduce and teach more than 100,000 Latino youth to code. To better support the growing Latino community, two of CS First’s most popular and introductory level coding activities will be localized into Spanish, which will be used by HHF as the curriculum for the effort. CS First is a Google initiative focused on computer science education.
“We are grateful to Google.org for their powerful investment in Latino youth who currently make up approximately one in four students in America and will certainly represent a large part of our workforce,” said Jose Antonio Tijerino, president and CEO of HHF. “It’s critical that our youth be exposed to and prepared for a workforce that is more and more dependent on tech skills”
Tijerino said HHF has “benefited from Google’s leadership in the CS space since Google volunteers from HOLA, Google’s Latino employee resource group, helped launch the Code as a Second Language initiative in 2013 in L.A., and then provided the start-up grant for the program which has grown across the US. We are also thrilled to partner with the YWCA and UnidosUS under this Google.org grant to collectively leverage our strengths for maximum impact.”
By 2020 more than half of all jobs will require technical skills, but a majority of students still don’t learn coding in school, according to Google.