The Black Professionals in Tech Network (BPTN) is deeply committed to supporting the community. We want to celebrate and amplify the work of nonprofits who are working to nurture the next generations of Black technologists and STEM enthusiasts.
That’s why we’re donating up to $40,000/year to up to 5 nonprofits that are working to foster a love of STEM in Black youth between grades K-12. These donations will impact the lives of 500 students per year.
WHAT IS THE CRITERIA?
- Black-led nonprofit supporting Black children and youth in STEM (19-years-old & under)
- Located in Canada
*The selected recipients of these donations must adhere to a data-sharing agreement with BPTN to ensure a level of service excellence. *All students benefiting from services at selected nonprofits will receive communications about the RBC Future launch scholarship program.
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 closed: Dec 10, 2020
Decisions made: Jan 30, 2021
Founder & CEO, BPTN
Applications closed on May 7, 2021
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About the BPTN x RBC Future Launch
As a for-profit corporation focused on driving social impact, BPTN has entered a three-year, $4.5-million partnership with RBC Future Launch. This partnership is driven by a social purpose and is meant to drive social outcomes: we are creating opportunities for Black tech and business talent to access the labour market equitably by fully leveraging our reach, corporate partners and institutional decision makers. This begins as early as working with Black youth to foster a curiosity for the world of STEM.