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

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Chance The Rapper at Google’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 Google.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

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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