Black-Owned Tech Mentorship Program ‘Hidden Genius Project’ Receives $1 Million Grant From Google

Google will be giving a $1 million grant to a Hidden Genius Project an organization based out of Oakland, California, in hopes of increasing representation of black male youth in the tech industry.

The Hidden Genius Project was founded in 2012 by five black male entrepreneurs/technologists who were unnerved by the dramatic juxtaposition between the high unemployment of black male youth and the plethora of career opportunities within the local technology sector. A To address this challenge, the founders established a program to connect young black males with the skills, mentors, and experiences that they need to become high-performing entrepreneurs and technologists in a 21st century, global economy.

Google first met The Hidden Genius Project when they were finalists and then winners in their 2015 Google Impact Challenge, where they received a $500,000 grant. From that grant, the Hidden Genius Project was able to reach more than 1,700 Bay Area students through their 15-month intensive CS and entrepreneurship Bootcamp program, as well as events and workshops exposing young black men to mentors, basic computer programming and various careers in tech, like sports analytics and video game design.

The five men who had the vision and passion to create change in their community are Brandon Nicholson, Ph.D., founding Executive Director; Akeem Brown, the Programs Director; Sean Valentine, the Operations Director; Hodari TourA, Ph.D., the Innovation Educator; and Eugene Lemon, an Innovation Educator.

Join us in saluting these men and Google as they continue to create opportunities and educate our youth!


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