The Austin-based nonprofit is one of 28 organizations in 16 countries receiving a 2016 Google RISE Award
Austin, Texas (June 7, 2016) – Latinitas, an Austin-based nonprofit organization focused on equipping Latina girls and teens with multimedia production skills and technology training, announced today that it has received a 2016 Google RISE Award for its efforts to increase access to computer science education for youth.
Latinitas is the only nonprofit organization from Texas and one of only 13 in the United States to receive the annual award. Other award winners are located in South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.
“This collective effort to inspire our next generation of technology innovators and creators will reach tens of thousands of students this year,” said Nicky Rigg, Google’s RISE Awards program manager. “We are excited to include Latinitas in our recent cohort of 28 organizations across 16 countries. Our RISE Awardees make up a community of passionate and vibrant educators and advocates; they are change makers that engage, educate, and excite students about computing through extracurricular outreach.”
2016 marks Google’s seventh year of supporting outstanding organizations that engage girls and underrepresented students in extracurricular computer science programs. “For me, it matters that we drive technology as an equalizing force, as an enabler for everyone around the world. Which is why I do want Google to see, push, and invest more in making sure computing is more accessible, connectivity is more accessible,” said Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google Inc.
Latinitas will use the grant to use its existing after school, summer camp and conference programming to create a more definitive pipeline between young Latinas in Austin and access to jobs in the tech sector.
Latinitas, an Austin-based nonprofit organization, is dedicated to empowering Latina youth using media and technology, providing direct digital media and technology training and esteem-boosting services to nearly 3,500 girls and teens across Texas annually – 2,000 in Central and 1,500 more in West Texas. Latinitas envisions a future in which all Latinas are strong and confident in their image. Girls and families in Latinitas learn the latest Web 2.0 platforms to design websites, do graphic design, produce video, record audio, blog, do photography, invent social media campaigns, develop video games and mobile apps, coding and robotics ensuring new and diverse voices in media and technology. Latinitas also produces the first and still only magazine of its kind, Latinitasmagazine.org (25,000 monthly viewers), and its own social media network, MyLatinitas.com (1,400 registered girls).
ABOUT THE GOOGLE RISE AWARDS
The Google RISE Awards is an annual funding program for informal education organizations around the world that promote computer science for K-12/pre-university age youth. The program emphasizes participation from girls, youth in low-income communities, and minorities who have historically been underrepresented in the field of computer science. Since 2010, the Google RISE Awards have contributed $5 million dollars to over 200 organizations across 40 countries reaching more than 850,000 youth.
Learn more about the Google RISE Awards at g.co/riseawards.