By Cristian Ponce
Special to the Almanac
Peninsula Bridge, a nonprofit that provides social and academic support to motivated and underserved middle school students, received a $25,000 grant this year from Google to fund computer science education.
The nonprofit used the money for its summer STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) program. A goal was to make computer science more accessible to its students.
Peninsula Bridge was one of 37 recipients worldwide of this 2015 Google RISE Award. The grant is given to organizations that provide computer science education to underrepresented minorities, girls, and students under age 18 who are facing economic setbacks. These are the students Peninsula Bridge aims to help, too, said Jocelyn Swisher of Portola Valley, executive director of the organization.
The award is "a stamp of approval" for all of the work Peninsula Bridge does, she said. "It is a huge endorsement from Google."
Peninsula Bridge recruits motivated middle school students and partners with local schools that provide their facilities for the summer program. Among those partners are Menlo School and Sacred Heart Schools in Atherton, and Woodside Priory in Portola Valley.
During the school year, Peninsula Bridge holds after-school programs that promote computer science as well, Ms. Swisher said.
Go to PeninsulaBridge.org for more information.