LULAC and Televisa Foundation are proud to announce that the 2016 Empower Hispanic America with Technology initiative is accepting grant proposals. The focus of this initiative is to create positive change from within Hispanic communities by providing Computer Science, more specifically coding, program design and robotics education to young girls in middle school. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that IT will be one of the fastest- growing sectors of the U.S. economy, adding nearly 1.4 million job openings by 2020. Moreover, it is vital to introduce Latinas to Computer Science education so that they have the technological skills and knowledge necessary to compete in academic settings, job markets, and in activities that call for an ever-increasing reliance on technology.
LULAC and Televisa firmly believe that by empowering students with the technological skills they require we can close the education and economic gaps which are all too prevalent in our communities. Computer Science related student services are key to closing these gaps as they help improve high school STEM achievement among Hispanic youth. STEM education will provide Hispanic youth with a higher chance of exceling in the workforce as a professional. LULAC and Televisa will be providing a total of 15 grants across the United States. Seven (7) cities will be awarded during phase I and eight (8) sites will be awarded during phase II.