Generating Genius and Google U.K. Encouraging Young Black Talent

Google U.K. on July 14, launched a partnership with Generating Genius at an event in Google's London office."Google director Adrian Joseph, Member of Parliament Simon Hughes and advisor on culture and youth Munira Mirza spoke alongside Generating Genius founder Tony Sewell. They stressed the importance of encouraging students from underrepresented backgrounds to receive higher education […]

Google U.K. on July 14, launched a partnership with Generating Genius at an event in Google's London office.

"Google director Adrian Joseph, Member of Parliament Simon Hughes and advisor on culture and youth Munira Mirza spoke alongside Generating Genius founder Tony Sewell. They stressed the importance of encouraging students from underrepresented backgrounds to receive higher education degrees and inspiring them to become innovators in the technology industry. Afterward, two program participants shared their Generating Genius experiences and their plans for university this fall," blogged Eleanor Mulligan, Diversity & Inclusion Programs Manager.

"This partnership follows on the heels of the Top Black Talent Program that we kicked off in April, which recruits talented computer science students from African Caribbean Society chapters at U.K. universities for a mentoring program at Google. Paired with a Google mentor, the students attended a series of talks and workshops, including career-focused sessions with resume and interviewing advice and technical discussions that provided real-life insights into the tech industry," informs Mulligan.

"Students accepted into the Generating Genius program are guided via mentors through engineering summer schools and weekend programs for a full five years (from 13 to 18 years of age)."

Mulligan says that the "Early results of the program have been fantastic: all of the first participants to graduate from the program have received offers to attend elite universities this autumn. 95% are the first in their families to go on to higher education. Google's funding is enabling Generating Genius to include girls this year for the first time, as well as helping to expand upon the computer science component of the program."

You can hear more from Googlers, executives, scholars and partners about programs and initiatives for minority students by watching the You Tube video embedded below:

"For further details on the Top Black Talent program or to register for the next cohort of Top Black Talent students, please get in touch. And for more on our general education outreach, visit google.com/edu," Mulligan added.

[Source: Google blog]