Austin's Latinitas wins $25,000 Google RISE grant

The computer science in education award was given to only one Texas organization

Austin's Latinitas, a nonprofit that trains young Latinas in multimedia production, online publishing and other tech skills, has been awarded a $25,000 grant, the maximum amount for Google RISE's 2016 awards program.

Only 13 U.S. organizations received the award of the 28 recipients from 16 countries and Latinitas was the only one from Texas in the group.

Latinitas plans to use the grant money to continue its after-school, summer camp and conference programming. The organization says its goal is to create a pipeline to technology jobs for young Latinas in Austin.

It works with about 3,500 young women a year, 2,000 in Central Texas and 1,500 in West Texas and publishes its own magazine as well as running its own social network, MyLatinitas.

In a statement, Google RISE Awards program manager Nicky Rigg said, “This collective effort to inspire our next generation of technology innovators and creators will reach tens of thousands of students this yea. We are excited to include Latinitas in our recent cohort of 28 organizations across 16 countries. Our RISE Awardees make up a community of passionate and vibrant educators and advocates; they are changemakers that engage, educate, and excite students about computing through extracurricular outreach.”