The Boston-based Patrick J. McGovern Foundation has announced grants totaling $4.1 million in support of efforts to strengthen technology education and build an inclusive tech workforce.
To that end, grants were awarded to organizations working to increase diversity in the tech workforce, with a focus on computer science education in K-12 classrooms and support through college for underrepresented and low-income students. Recipients include Girls Inc., which was awarded $250,000 for a tech infrastructure audit; MIT Beaver Works, which will receive $250,000 in support of its diversity and inclusion efforts and to scale its hands-on STEM program; AI4ALL, which was awarded $500,000 to increase the representation of women and other historically marginalized groups in AI; the Hidden Genius Project, which will receive $300,000 in support of its efforts to mentor and provide skills training to Black male youth in the areas of tech creation, entrepreneurship, and leadership; and the Stanford University Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, which was awarded $500,000 to implement AI-focused education programs for policy makers.
"Right now, power and control of technology rests in too few hands. This round of grants aims to change that by closing the opportunity gap in education and skills development," said McGovern Foundation president Vilas Dhar. "Everyone should have access to the knowledge, skills, and frameworks to shape our tech-enabled future."
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