Google and Citizen Schools
Since 2006, more than 440 Google employee volunteers in California, New York, and Massachusetts have led 139 apprenticeship courses, focused primarily on the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, through Citizen Schools.
“Google employees have naturally gravitated to the Citizen Schools model of hands-on education outside of the classroom,” says Matt Dunne, Head of Community Affairs for Google. Working directly with professionals from Google enables students to recognize the connection between current learning and future college and career opportunities.
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In addition to the engagement of employee volunteers, Google.org has awarded a three-year grant of $3.25 million. This investment supports Citizen Schools’ ability to connect middle school students with STEM professionals, increasing the pipeline of traditionally underrepresented minorities and girls pursuing careers in STEM fields. They have also hosted many events to benefit students and Citizen Schools, including our New York City launch party, Six Degrees networking events and STEM WOW!s.
“Google’s volunteers infuse relevance, spark new interests, and inspire motivation for our students,” says Eric Schwarz, Citizen Schools Co-founder and CEO. “Google’s investment in helping us expand our work with STEM professionals is especially important as the country looks for solutions to the challenges we are facing with science and math education.”
In addition, Google has representation on numerous Citizen Schools advisory boards, including a National Science and Technology Advisory Committee, and provides valuable strategic guidance as we expand our work.