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Google's $1.5M Grant to Chance the Rapper
Helps Chicago Schools
Former NSBE Leader Heads the Company's Philanthropic Efforts
By Kevin M. Briscoe

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BENJAMIN LOZOVSKY

self-described "sensitive, brainy kid,"
Justin Steele grew up thinking a lot about
how to improve people's lives. He says in
his LinkedIn profile that "...my lived experience has drawn me to the social sector and
the fight for justice in socially- and economicallyexcluded communities."
Now, as a principal at Google.org, he leads
Google's U.S.-based giving to support the communities around the company's offices, and its
inclusion portfolio, to combat bias and promote
equity. Since joining Google in 2014, he has
been responsible for $66 million in philanthropic grant-making in the United States. The
latest giving involves a two-year, $1.5-million
partnership with Grammy Award-winning rapper Chance the Rapper's SocialWorks,
and Chicago Public Schools.
"The grant was broken into two
parts: $1 million over two years to directly support 20 New Chance Fund
schools in support of the implementation of computer science, music and
arts programming and infrastructure,
and $500,000 over two years to
provide innovative computer science
programming for Chicago Public
School students," Steele says.
Application for Google grants is
by invitation only and with an eye toward raising the profile of
STEM education in underrepresented communities.
"We're always looking for ways to make computer science more relevant for kids, and what SocialWorks is doing
to inspire creativity and build the dreams of Chicago youth
through art seemed like a perfect way to introduce kids to
coding," says Steele. "Chance became the first streaming artist
to win a Grammy by creating art that moves people and using
technology to get his music into the world. Our hope, through
this partnership, is that more kids will follow his example
and also learn how to create the technology that makes art
possible."
He added that Chicago Public Schools is the first district in
the country to make computer science a graduation requirement. Google's support is meant to increase the momentum
created by this commitment to "computer science for all."
Steele's experience includes work as a management consultant at Bain and The Bridgespan Group and as deputy
director for the Washington, D.C., site of Year Up, a nonprofit

above Chance the Rapper with kids at the event announcing his
nonprofit's grant from Google.org

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left Justin Steele, former NSBE National Academic Excellence
Chair, now Principal of Google.org

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job training program. He holds a B.S. in chemical engineering
from the University of Virginia and a joint business administration and public administration master's degree from
Harvard University. NSBE still holds a special place in his
heart and informs his current work to bring STEM awareness
to the classrooms of Chicago and beyond.
"I had the privilege of overseeing academic excellence for
NSBE at the chapter, regional and national levels while I was
in college. My passion for NSBE's mission led me to write
my undergraduate thesis on 'Academic Achievement Among
African American Engineering Students,' and I have been
working on some level toward fulfilling that mission ever
since," he says. "I hope through our partnership with organizations like SocialWorks and artists like Chance, we can provide
the same kind of confidence and motivation to young people
that NSBE gave me." ■
Kevin M. Briscoe is a writer based in Atlanta, Ga., and a former
editor of NSBE Magazine.
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