GitHub Scholars Partners
The GitHub Scholars program is a partnership between
Black and College Bound Scholars, GitHub, Google Fiber
and Everyoneon/ConnectHome Initiative. Each partner is committed to decreasing the digital divide and increasing opportunities for people of color in the field of technology.
If you use the Internet on a daily basis, it’s incredibly likely that you use a website, application, or computer language that could not exist in the same way without GitHub. Ranked #41 of ALL websites in US traffic statistics, and #63 globally, GitHub is a powerful tool used by a majority of prominent software companies and developers in the world. Some companies that use GitHub are:
Google Creative Lab and coder-projects, Facebook deepmask and related article, SAP on GitHub and openui
GitHub is committed to making it much easier for people from low income backgrounds and underrepresented communities to participate in that only using technology but creating it. We are seeking students who want to build careers in the tech industry as part of our commitment to expanding opportunities for all. GitHub's Commitment to the ConnectHome Initiative include:
$3 million in free private repositories for participants;
$500,000 in financial support; and
4,000 hours in volunteer time to train, coach, and mentor those who want to build a career in software development.
For more information about the exciting work GitHub creates, please view the attached links.
EveryoneOn/Connecthome partners - In partnership with the White House and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to equip low income homes with affordable and free broadband and wireless Internet access. Connect Home is in 27 cities uniting organizations to provide technical training, coaching education, and devices for residents in assisted housing. Partners include nonprofits, area housing authorities, schools, universities, tech firms, and professional associations working together to empower students of color with access and skills or tech careers.
Black and College Bound Scholars is a non profit organization that strives to improve college access, readiness and opportunities for students of color. We provide the coaching, camps, and curriculum that empower youth and their families to successfully map their future, recognize the power of their “brand”, network to create opportunities, navigate the collegiate process & secure diversity scholarships. The vision of BCB is that our scholars will experience enhanced educational outcomes that lead to more productive careers, improved economic opportunity, and greater social well-being for all. Our services especially make the difference for students and families of color who traditionally experience disproportionate achievement gaps, educational attainment gaps, and income gaps.
BCB Partners with nonprofits, communities, churches and corporate partners to design programs that prepare students of color for college careers and life. BCB programs cover College and University tours, educational events, Social Emotional Learning and professional and personal development curriculum and seminars for students and parents.