We believe Google has an important role to play in equipping youth from all backgrounds with the skills to be creators, and not just consumers, of technology.
Our global economy is shifting and computer science is becoming an essential
skill that leads to economic and social mobility. It is a tool to solve
problems and create solutions in ways we can’t even imagine today. Computer
science can lead to rewarding,
higher wage jobs and the creation of new companies.
And there is tremendous opportunity. By 2020, there will be 1 million new, unfulfilled computer-related jobs in the U.S. and over 800,000 in the EU alone. The story is similar in many countries around the world -- the supply of computer scientists is not keeping pace with demand.
Yet access to computer science education is not equitable.
Our own research shows significant gaps in access to computer science (CS) in formal education. Further:
- In the U.S., women make up 51% of the U.S. population but represent just 18% of CS grads, and African-American and Latino students make up only 13% of students taking the AP Computer Science exam
- Women make up <20% of all ICT occupations in Australia compared with 45% of women in the overall workforce, and in the UK Only 19% of all university CS graduates
- Globally, achieving gender equality and inclusion in education, particularly as they relate to labor market demands in fields such as ICT, are among the highest priorities of international development goals
What can we do to help reverse these trends?
The RISE program supports and connects not-for-profit organizations around
the world to increase equity in CS education with a focus on girls,
minorities who are historically underrepresented in the field, and youth from
Visit our Guidelines to learn more about what the RISE Awards offer and who is eligible to apply.
Check out our videos below to learn about the impact our RISE Award recipients are making around the world.