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Google.org Donates $1M Grant to Chance the Rapper’s SocialWorks

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at ’s CS First Roadshow at Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Academy in Chicago, IL onDecember 6, 2017. Chance The Rapper surprised students at the coding event, and was there to announce a new $1.5M grant from .org to support CS education in Chicago Public Schools

Today, 5th grade students at Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Academy in Chicago got a surprise. It was cool enough that they were doing a coding activity with Chicago Googlers as a part of Computer Science Education Week-but then another Chicago native joined the fun. When Chance The Rapper arrived, there were shouts of excitement and delight, and Chance even gave coding a try.

SocialWorks, a nonprofit cofounded by Chance, is on a mission to ensure that youth from across the city have access to programming and the supports necessary to reach their full potential as citizens  – including ensuring that they have access to arts, music, and coding as a means to express themselves

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Students enjoy a coding activity during a recent CS First Roadshow in Hayward, CA

Today’s visit reinforced that computer science is a part of that mission. Shortly after Chance made his coding debut, Alphabet Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, David Drummond, announced that Google.org is donating $1.5 million to bring computer science education to students in Chicago, with $500,000 going to Chicago Public Schools’ CS4All Initiative and $1 million to SocialWorks.

The grant will help teachers implement computer science and arts curriculum in their classrooms, and it builds on $40 million in Google.org grants that provide opportunities for students underrepresented in computer science to explore the field.

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