In the spirit of the holidays, people from all over are appearing to be more charitable and giving to those who need it most. In an effort to marry the importance of computer science and the arts for the youth, Google.org has teamed up with Chi-Town native Chance The Rapper , and donated a $1 million grant to the musician’s non-profit organization, SocialWorks .
On Dec. 6, Google announced the grant would benefit SocialWorks during a student event at Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Paideia Academy in Chicago. Additionally, $500,000 was also granted directly to Chicago Public Schools and their computer science initiative, CS4All . The grant helps to provide programming to highlight the importance of coding and computer science for students in underrepresented school districts.
Chance made an appearance at the school’s assembly, in which the student body received new backpacks from STATE , a company dedicated to addressing the needs of children in critical circumstances, as well as new threads featuring the word “CODER” on them.
“The opportunity to help kids code to share their music, artwork, and distinct point of view is at the core of our mission and an experience we look forward to providing in classrooms across the city,” explains Justin Cunningham, Executive Director of SocialWorks.