The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) partnered with Google to celebrate the launch of the Be Internet Awesome program en Español at South Gate Middle School in South Gate, CA, a neighborhood in Los Angeles County, on Tuesday, June 19th. See photo recap here.
During the launch, new insights were shared around Latino families and their online behavior, as well as their needs from a newly-commissioned report by Google. A panel titled “Keeping Families Safer Online” was also part of the launch.
The Be Internet Awesome program teaches kids the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety, so they can explore the online world with confidence. Its curriculum gives educators the tools and methods they need, to teach digital safety fundamentals. The materials developed by Google, in partnership with iKeepSafe, enable educators to integrate the most critical teachings—and the excitement of Interland—into the classroom.
HHF welcomed over 120 students and their families to South Gate Middle School, to learn about the program and experience the curriculum firsthand.
This program is part of HHF’s broader Code as a Second Language (CSL) national initiative, which introduces computer science and other technologies to elementary, middle and high schools in about 30 regions across the country, and hosts Latino start-ups through LOFT Labs. HHF also connects Latino software engineers to our LOFT Network for mentorship, sharing ideas and access to resources to ensure the growth of Latinos in the tech space.
HHF’s programs have effectively addressed America’s need for creating a more diverse pool of talent in the tech industry by funneling talent from our programs into apprenticeships, internships and full-time positions with top tech companies through HHF’s LOFT Source.