Google has given $775,000 in grants to CODE2040, a San Francisco-based nonprofit, with the goal of supporting minority students who want to find jobs in tech. CODE2040 and Google confirmed the grants, which were first reported by the Wall Street Journal, to NBC News. “We are so thrilled to have Google's support as we roll out two new programs in 2015,” said Laura Weidman Powers, CODE2040’s co-founder and CEO, in an email. “We’ve learned so much from running our flagship Fellows Program since 2012, and we can’t wait to bring those insights into this new programming.” CODE2040 offers programs to black and Hispanic students who want to work in tech, exposing them to mentors and job opportunities. Google was among a number of companies that released diversity numbers last year that revealed disproportionately white and male workforces.
“Our hope is that through the support of these entrepreneurs-in-residence and the programs we put on with our partners, we can boost the pipeline of black and Latino entrepreneurial talent across these cities,” John Lyman, head of partnerships for Google for Entrepreneurs, said in a statement on Tuesday.
— Matthew DeLuca