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Google partners with Black Tech Founders in Philadelphia to expose 200 students to careers in STEM

July 25, 2023

Posted by: Janmesh Chintankar

Google’s Online Safety Roadshow was presented to students at the 3rd annual Xtreme5 Teen Tech Summit, presented by Grace3 Technologies and the National Black Empowerment Council. The event is part of a Google initiative to help empower young people with the tools and training they need to safely explore online.

At the event, Google representatives talked about the local impact internet safety has on kids and shared about various career opportunities in tech. Over 200 students attended from varying demographic groups underrepresented in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines and careers.

“Online safety for Philadelphia youth is of paramount importance, and the opportunity for students to get essential tips on navigating the digital world is incredibly impactful for the next generation,” says house speaker representative Joanna McClinton, “With Google’s support, this partnership underscores our commitment to empowering young individuals with the knowledge and tools they need to explore the internet safely.”

“Today, we saw so many cool things like flying drones and even a robot dog! The world is rapidly changing with all these new things — from the Internet to TikTok and YouTube.” says PA senator Nikil Saval, “Learning to deal with these changes can be challenging for everyone, including grown-ups. Google’s presentation on staying safe is important for people of all ages that we all can learn from.”

“It’s an honor to be part of the X5 Teen Tech Summit, joining forces with Google and other esteemed partners. This event’s focus on internet safety for Philadelphia youth is commendable and timely.” says PA state representative Donna Bullock, “As we navigate the digital age, it is important to equip our young people with the knowledge and skills they need to stay safe online.”

“The Internet is an amazing place, and keeping the web safe for everyone is a shared responsibility,” says Google spokesperson, Marley McAliley. “We are so excited to bring the Online Safety Roadshow to Philadelphia, to show students that we are invested in their future and want them to stay safe in this interconnected world.”

Google’s Online Safety Roadshow is based on the Be Internet Awesome curriculum, which focuses on five tips for staying safe and being smart online. Those tips include:

For more information on how to help kids and teens safely navigate online resources, please click here.

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