Chevy Chase, MD, Sept. 01, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — CHEVY CHASE, MD – Today, National 4-H Council announced a $5 million grant from Google.org, the philanthropic arm of Google, to expand the computer skills and education of underserved youth across the country. This grant will continue to build on Google.org’s support of computer science in 4-H, which has reached 1.4 million students since 2017. With this funding, 4-H will increase the reach of Computer Science (CS) Career Pathways program for students. rural and disadvantaged communities who have received minimal computer training. The new grant will help teach youth through Cooperative Extension’s in-person 4-H programs and online resources. These resources will provide access to computer education for young people across the country, including six million 4-H members and more than 3,500 educators in the 4-H system, anytime, anywhere.
This effort combines the reach and educational expertise of 4-H, the nation’s largest youth development organization, and the power of computing knowledge and innovation from Google. Since its launch, 1.4 million young people have participated in the program, of which 65% live in rural areas, 56% of CS adolescent leaders are girls and 47% are from racially diverse backgrounds.
“Despite the demand for highly skilled IT professionals, opportunities to access this education have been out of reach for young people in rural communities and other underserved communities,” said Jennifer Sirangelo, President and CEO, National 4-H Council. “We are proud to continue this initiative with the help of Google.org to make a real difference in the lives of young people who otherwise would not have had the chance to discover their interest in computing. This program goes to the beyond preparing young people for the future Teaching computer science at a young age develops problem-solving skills and confidence, and most importantly, allows young people to find their spark and passion which translates into success in life.
The Code.org Advocacy Coalition’s 2021 State of Computer Education Report found that while 51% of public high schools in the United States offer computer science courses, rural schools, urban schools and schools with high percentages of economically disadvantaged students are less likely to offer computer instruction. Additionally, black, Hispanic, and Native American students are less likely to attend schools that offer computer science courses than white students. Providing free computer training to underserved communities is part of 4-H’s mission to provide equitable access to skills that help young people create opportunities and maximize their potential. The program also offers training and capacity building for educators, volunteers, professionals and even teen leaders to create their own programs and reach more young people.
“We believe that Google and other companies have a responsibility to help people learn the skills they need to get a good job, start a new business, and provide a strong foundation for their families, regardless of age. or where they live,” said Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet. “Computer science education is an important part of that, and we look forward to working with our partners like 4-H to unlock the talent and motivation of millions of people in communities across the United States.”
This is the third grant awarded by Google.org as part of 4-H’s mission to reach and provide opportunities for young people in computer science education, totaling nearly $14 million since 2017. Google’s support will expand existing computer science education programs and bring new ones to Iowa communities. , North Carolina, Oklahoma, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, Nebraska and West Virginia. Learn more about the original grant that established the 4-H CS Pathway in 23 states.
4-H, the nation’s largest youth development organization, trains confident young people who are empowered for life today and prepared for the careers of tomorrow. 4-H programs empower nearly six million young people across the United States through experiences that build essential life skills. 4-H is our nation’s Cooperative Extension System and USDA youth development program and serves every county and parish in the United States through a network of 110 public universities and more than 3,000 local extension offices. Globally, 4-H works with independent programs to empower one million young people in 50 countries. The research-backed 4-H experience grows young people who are four times more likely to contribute to their communities; twice as likely to make healthier choices; twice as likely to be civically active; and twice as likely to participate in STEM programs. Learn more about 4-H at 4-H.org and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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