A MESSAGE FROM OUR FOUNDER

I grew up in the ‘hood’, Rexdale, Toronto, which is sometimes called an “underserved community”.  I was one of the lucky ones, who had numerous people looking out and praying for me. I believe it was the grit that I built in this neighbourhood that helped me navigate my career as an adult.  That is why it is so important to me that we make the support I received as a young person, more systematic. 

Although it wasn’t always easy as a child or teenager, I was able to physically go and see my friends and mentors. That is not the case for many young people from underserved Black communities this year, due to the pandemic. Covid-19 has impacted all people and communities, but the Black community has been disproportionately impacted by this virus, because so many of our family members are on the frontlines.  Imagine how it has touched young Black boys and girls across North America! 

As such, BPTN would like to double-down on its commitment to community! We are going to support nonprofits working with the next generation of Black tech professionals! 

We want to make sure that young people from Black communities are not left behind, as a result of Covid-19. Plus, we want to celebrate the awesome work of community groups who have been on the frontline, educating and supporting the future generations of Black technologists! 

As a start up, we do not have much, but BPTN will be making two $10,000 donations to two Black nonprofits, supporting Black children and youth in S.T.E.M.  

Do you know any of these hero nonprofits? Ask them to apply today. 

Applications close: Dec 10, 2020

Decisions made: Jan 30, 2021

 

Lekan Olawoye, 

Founder & CEO, BPTN

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