“General Assembly, a private New York City technical school with a specialization in computer programming and engineering, has created a new fund to redress the dearth of minority participation in the tech sphere. Nas has recently partnered with Hirepurpose, Microsoft and Google to help fund this initiative. Nasir’s QueensBridge Venture Partners project will provide the funds for scholarships to African-Americans and Latinos, while Google will fund women and Microsoft and Hirepurpose will pay for veterans to attend the school. According to census data, most programmers, coders, developers, and engineers are white and Asian men. The “opportunity fund’s” goal is to bridge the wide gap between the technical vocational skills and other ethnic groups, and give the same opportunities to the aforementioned groups. General Assembly CEO Jake Schwartz:
“This is the start of what hopefully will be a contribution to what will be a more diverse and accessible community worldwide.”
“Chicago natives, Kanye West and Common, are teaming up with Chicago’s Urban League on an initiative to create over 20,000 jobs for the city. Noting that any extent of street violence in the city is directly influenced by poverty of the youth, the project is hoping to not only create summer jobs for the city’s kids, but jobs that will last year-round.”
It’s always great to see musical icons use their superstar platform to make a change in our society. In order to do so, we must start with the youth. We’re sure artist Kanye West, Common, and Nas didn’t do this for personal praise but, well done!