Apple today announced a series of new projects under the $ 100 million Racial Equity and Justice Initiative (REJI) to help remove systemic barriers to opportunity and combat injustices in color communities.
Projects include the Propel Center, a global hub for innovation and learning HBCUs universities and the "Apple Developer" academy for coding and new technologies that will help colored entrepreneurs.
The initiative is based on Apple 's project to promote racial equality in education, The economy and the justice system. Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives, is leading the initiative.
Apple is contributing $ 25 million to the Propel Center, which is designed to support the next generation of diverse leaders by providing innovative curricula, technology support, career opportunities and scholarship programs. The Propel Center will offer a wide range of educational pieces, including artificial intelligence and machine learning, agricultural technology, social justice, recreational arts, application development, augmented reality, preparing for a good career and entrepreneurship. Apple experts will help develop curricula and provide ongoing guidance and learning support, as well as internship opportunities.
Also during the year Apple will open an "Apple Developer" academy in Detroit. The academy is designed to empower young entrepreneurs of color, helping them cultivate the necessary skills for jobs in their fast - growing economy iOS applications. In partnership with Michigan State University, Apple Developer Academy courses will be available to all students in Detroit, regardless of their academic background or previous experience in coding.
In addition, Apple today announces two new projects designed to provide venture capital to minority companies. The company will invest $ 10 million with Harlem Capital - a first venture capital company based in New York - to support investments in 1.000 companies with different founders over the next 20 years. In addition to providing funds to colored entrepreneurs, Harlem Capital will also offer expertise Apple's wider efforts to promote access to finance. The company will offer guidance to students at the Detroit Academy of Developers and to participants in the Apple Entrepreneur Camp for "Black Founders and Developers".
Finally, Apple makes a contribution to The King Center, a living monument to Dr.'s legacy. Martin Luther King Jr. which seeks to inspire new generations to continue its work. Next week, the daughter of Dr. King of The King Center, Dr. Bernice A. King, will issue an incentive for action to encourage young people to get involved in entrepreneurship.
Source of information: macrumors.com