VIDEO: Chance The Rapper and Google Partner to Support the Next Generation of Computer Scientists

Chance The Rapper and Google are planting the seeds that will turn Chicago’s kids into the next generation of great computer science engineers. The Chicago-based musician and philanthropist’s nonprofit, SocialWorks, is the proud recipient of $1 million from Google to diversify the tech sector. Chance announced on Twitter that 20 schools on the South and West Sides of Chicago would receive the funds. Google made an additional $500,000 donation to Chicago Public Schools’ CS4All Initiative.

A New Way To Succeed

The point of the donations was simple, said SocialWorks Executive Director Justin Cunningham. “Our grant with helps SocialWorks provide programming that sheds light on another pathway to success for young Chicagoans,” he added. All involved, from Chance to Cunningham to Google executive Justin Steele, are quick to point out that coding will benefit greatly from these kids’ creativity and ambitions. “With exposure to computer science, students can use technology to turn their creative passions into something bigger,” Steele said.
Rob Samuelson
Rob Samuelson is a Staff Writer at Education Post and Digital Media Manager for the brightbeam network.