Culturally Tech – a new, Nashville-based nonprofit working to build a diverse tech pipeline in middle Tennessee – has been selected as a Fall 2021 Vela Education Grant recipient.
Culturally Tech aims to dramatically increase the number of high school and college students pursuing careers in the tech industry by providing immersive programming experiences that prepare them with industry-relevant skills. The nonprofit is particularly focused on increasing opportunities for Black, Latinx, women, and other identity groups that have been historically excluded from the tech industry.
The Vela Fund supports education innovation by investing in entrepreneurs who are boldly reimagining education. In this round of funding, the national nonprofit provided over $3 million in financial support to grantees designing solutions that meet the unique needs of students and families in their local communities.
According to Namita Manohar, Co-Founder and Curriculum Development at Culturally Tech, “We are extremely thankful for this funding as it will not only provide us the resources to continue quality programming for our students, but it will also increase Culturally Tech’s visibility in the education nonprofit space.”
Culturally Tech is a finalist for the Diversity and Inclusion Initiative of the Year category for the 13th Annual Nashville Technology Council Awards. Co-Founder Stephen Castaneda is also a finalist for the Diversity and Inclusion Advocate of the Year category. The nonprofit’s founders are alumni of the New Normal Fellowship and the Pathways Fellowship programs through 4.0 Schools.
Prospective high school and college students can join Culturally Tech by expressing interest at www.culturallytech.com/join. Culturally Tech is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
For media inquiries, please contact: Mehreen Butt, Co-Founder and Program Manager, email@example.com, 314-677-4023
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For more information about Culturally Tech, please go to www.culturallytech.com
For more information about the Vela Education Fund, please visit www.velaedfund.org
submitted by: Mehreen Butt