BRIDGEGOOD awarded ‘Project Innovation’ 2018 Grant by NBC
NBC BAY AREA, TELEMUNDO 48, AND NBCUNIVERSAL FOUNDATION AWARDS BRIDGEGOOD “PROJECT INNOVATION” 2018 GRANT
SAN JOSE, CA – (April 10, 2018) – NBC Bay Area / KNTV, Telemundo 48 Area de la Bahia / KSTS and the NBCUniversal Foundation today announced that eight local non-profit organizations will receive a total of $225,000 in grants as part of the first annual Project Innovation grant challenge. The winning organizations (featuring Oakland Digital) were selected by the stations for their outstanding programs that leverage technology to solve everyday problems in the areas of civic engagement, skills for the digital economy and STEM / STEAM youth programming.
“We’re thrilled to be able to spread the grants across eight deserving local organizations that are tackling some of the Bay Area’s toughest challenges with innovative solutions to move our communities forward,” said Stacy Owen, President and General Manager of NBC Bay Area and Telemundo 48.
Project Innovation is presented by the NBCUniversal Foundation and NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, a division of NBCUniversal. NBC and Telemundo owned stations located in 11 markets, including the San Francisco Bay Area, launched the new grant challenge in January 2018 to identify local organizations that embrace technology and innovation to develop real-life solutions for their communities. The stations located in each of the participating regions created community panels to review the grant applications and select final grant recipients. This year, more than $2.4 million will be awarded to not-for-profit organizations all across the country that are doing their part to transform their communities by providing solutions to real-life problems through tech-based approaches.
Local Project Innovation 2018 grant recipients include:
This organizations innovative program, BRIDGEGOOD.com, connects lower-income, minority students with real-world project opportunities in the fields of tech and business, while providing the support and guidance needed to succeed.
“BRIDGEGOOD is helping design students across the Bay Area access job and career opportunities in tech, business, and beyond. With leadership, creativity, and fortitude, we will continue advancing digital inclusion for economic mobility.”
“This grant is more than an award supporting our innovative hiring platform, it is a celebration of our mission and vision. Our board of directors and early supporters, including Google.org, Walter & Elise Haas Fund, and Golden State Warriors Community Foundation, are ecstatic to share this exciting opportunity of growth,” said Shaun Tai, Executive Director of Oakland Digital.
About Oakland Digital Arts and Literacy Center Inc (Oakland Digital)
Oakland Digital is an award-winning 501(c)(3) design studio for good. We give overlooked student Creatives of color (ages 18-34) the resources to discover and explore meaningful careers (e.g., UX, UI, Visual Design) while improving diverse local economies (e.g., helping Nonprofits with design & marketing). Since 2009, Oakland Digital has impacted the lives of 4,800 Bay Area Community College Students and Entrepreneurs. Our programs (Inspire Oakland, Digital Equity, and BRIDGEGOOD.com) have boosted the economy by $4.2 million, leading to opportunities for 21st century employment, project-based learning, and economic independence. Oakland Digital is currently accepting pledges to create the ‘Community Place,’ a 10,000 sq. ft. vibrant facility for nonproﬁts to host free community events and connect with creative & tech talent.
About NBC Bay Area / KNTV
Owned by NBCUniversal, NBC Bay Area / KNTV is the Bay Area’s investigative station located in the heart of Silicon Valley. The station is committed to providing continuous, in-depth journalism with unique personalities. Along with broadcasting NBC’s award-winning daytime, prime-time and late night programming, NBC Bay Area produces more than 32 hours of news programming each week. The station can be seen locally on Comcast 3 and 703 and over-the- air on 11. COZI TV, the station’s digital network, offers a full schedule of America’s most beloved and iconic television series, hit movies and original programming. COZI TV can be seen locally on Comcast 186 and over-the-air on 11.3.
About Telemundo Telemundo 48 / KSTS
Telemundo 48 / KSTS is Telemundo’s local television station serving the Spanish-speaking community throughout the Bay Area. Owned by NBCUniversal, the station is committed to providing viewers with breaking news and in-depth journalism with their award-winning team of reporters, offering the most up-to-date local news, weather, sports and entertainment headlines through a variety of platforms, including online at TelemundoAreadelaBahia.com and via mobile and social media channels.
About NBCUniversal Foundation
NBCUniversal Foundation works to advance initiatives at the cross-section of societal needs and NBCUniversal’s priorities. The Foundation supports programs and organizations that strive to move communities forward – with a focus on innovation and technology. NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world- renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is owned by Comcast Corporation.