President Obama announcing his "My Brother's Keeper" initiative (NNPA Photo by Freddie Allen)

President Obama announcing his “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative (NNPA Photo by Freddie Allen/File)

The Sprout Fund will join the city of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County in the next phase of the ongoing “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative to close the opportunity gap for young people of color in the Pittsburgh region.

With the support of a $200,000 grant from the Heinz Endowments, Sprout will work in partnership with the City and County to identify and employ a project manager, engage a planning consultant, and make grants totaling $100,000 to seed implementation projects that enhance access to learning experiences that connect young people of color to career opportunities in technology.

“There is tremendous opportunity in the Pittsburgh region today, but many members of our community lack equitable access to the educational experiences needed for jobs in rewarding fields,” said Cathy Lewis Long, Executive Director of The Sprout Fund. “We have a responsibility to do everything we can to make sure young people of color acquire the technological and academic skills they need to thrive.”

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