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Google is Dedicated to Improving Representation for Young Black Men in Tech

Jamal Muhammad November 7, 2017

The tech giant donated $1 million to the Hidden Genius Project.

Oakland, California — Google is leading the charge in diversifying the tech industry because Blacks and Hispanics are represented the least in the tech workforce, especially Black men.

Gallup reports on Blacks and Hispanics representation in the tech industry. Photo Credit: Screenshot

On Oct. 27, Google.org’s principal Justin Steele wrote a blog post about the tech giant announced donating $1 million to the Hidden Genius Project, an Oakland-based organization that mentors young African-American men in leadership, entrepreneurship, and technology creation, according to The Root.

“For the past five years, the Hidden Genius Project has been able to serve youth in a holistic fashion, revealing their genius throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. With a broadened vision of themselves, our Geniuses become change agents for their own lives and their communities,” said Hidden Genius Project executive director Brian Nicholson, according to Black Enterprise.

Google.org’s donation is meant to help Hidden Genius hire more employees, expand to new cities, and serve more Black children pursuing careers in tech.

“Thanks to the Google Impact Challenge Grant, we were able to increase our investment in program operations and expand our youth development opportunities to open an additional program site in Richmond, Calif.,” Brandon Nicholson, executive director of the Hidden Genius Project, said of the grant,” according to Black Enterprise.

Hidden Genius was presented with the award at the 2017 Tech Slam, an event that allows children to participate in computer science activities while enjoying music, sports, fashion, and food.

“Our efforts and results have positioned us to scale nationally, and additional funds from Google will help us reach our goal to provide career exposure opportunities like Tech Slam that offer entrepreneurship, leadership, and technology creation skills to youth throughout the country,” said Nicholson.

Below, we uploaded the blog post that Steele wrote:


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