AMERICA ON TECH AWARDED A 2023 COMMUNITY GRANT THROUGH MICHAEL JORDAN AND JORDAN BRAND’S BLACK COMMUNITY COMMITMENT
America On Tech, a national non-profit providing services in New York City, Los Angeles, and Miami, has been selected for a one-time grant from Michael Jordan and Jordan Brand’s Community Grant Program, an initiative of its joint 10-year, $100 million Black Community Commitment (BCC), created in 2020.
Jordan Community Grants are awarded once a year to grassroots, non-profit organizations that are driving action and leading sustainable solutions to improve Black lives in their neighborhoods. As part of the 2023 BCC Community Grant cycle, and in honor of Michael Jordan’s 60th birthday, $2.3M in grant funds were awarded to 48 organizations, including America On Tech (AOT) with a local connection to the initiative’s four key focus areas of economic justice, education, narrative change, and social justice.
Building on the efforts of the BCC, AOT will use the grant funds to take action through its mission to decrease the racial wealth gap by increasing equitable pathways for underestimated students into degrees and/or careers in technology. Additionally, AOT will invest further in the development of a new Alumni Technology Skills Fellowship Program aimed at giving interested college students the opportunity to gain training that prepares them for a career in technology. This program will empower AOT to move beyond addressing the formal goals and measures of equity and inclusion for it’s Black student alumni by using technology and skills development to build vocabularies and fluencies around race, class, gender and other lines of oppression while also fostering career readiness and entrepreneurship.
“America On Tech is excited to have been chosen for a one-time grant by Michael Jordan and Jordan Brand to develop our Alumni Technology Skills Fellowship Program. As founders of America On Tech, we are passionate about making sure students of color have the opportunities to succeed in 21st century careers. Technology skills are in-demand and we know that this work serves as a vehicle to ensure racial and economic justice for young people in our target regions of New York City, Los Angeles, and Miami.” - Jessica Santana and Evin Floyd Robinson, America On Tech
“Creating more equitable futures for Black people starts with an intentional journey. So, as our Jordan Brand family celebrates Michael’s 60th birthday, we are thrilled to welcome these organizations committed to accelerating progress in their communities,” says Craig Williams, Jordan Brand President.
This is the third cycle of the Community Grant Program as part of Michael Jordan and Jordan Brand’s commitment to the Black community.
About America On Tech:
America On Tech (AOT) is an award-winning nonprofit organization on a mission to prepare the next generation of technology leaders in order to decrease the economic and racial wealth gap in underestimated communities. Since its founding in 2014, AOT has served 4,000+ young people, established offices in New York, Los Angeles and Miami, partnered with more than 100 high schools, engaged 1,000+ tech volunteers and hired more than 100 alumni back into its programs.