February 24, 2023

America On Tech Awarded Share Of Michael Jordan’s And Jordan Brand’s $100M Black Community Grant

Student-focused platform America On Tech (AOT) has been awarded a one-time grant from Michael Jordan and Jordan Brands’s $100 million Black Community Commitment (BCC) to help expand their work across cities.  

To celebrate Michael Jordan’s 60th birthday, the Jordan Brand awarded $2.3M to 48 organizations, to help create racial equity. America On Tech happened to be one of those, the platform founded in 2014 by Jessica Santana has spent years working to help Black and brown students elevate their careers.

“Creating more equitable futures for Black people starts with an intentional journey. So, as our Jordan Brand family celebrates Michael’s 60th birthday, we are thrilled to welcome these organizations committed to accelerating progress in their communities,” said Craig Williams, Jordan Brand President, in an online statement

The non-profit organization’s overall vision is to provide young Black and brown children with the skills needed to access opportunities in the tech space. AOT currently offers three different programs to students; a tech summer boot camp, a year-long program for high school juniors and seniors, and an internship and job placement program.

Students from America On Tech

The platform works to bring sustainable solutions to help improve Black lives in the neighborhood. Through the Alumni Technology Skills Fellowship, college students are trained to prepare for high-level roles in the tech industry.  

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“America On Tech is excited to have been chosen for a one-time grant by Michael Jordan and Jordan Brand to develop our Alumni Technology Skills Fellowship Program,” said Jessica Santana, co-founder, and CEO of America On Tech, in an online statement. 

America On Tech hopes to use the funding to address the formal goals and measures of equity and inclusion for its Black alums. Additionally, the AOT will use the grant funding to foster career readiness and entrepreneurship within the group. 

Kumba Kpakima

Kumba Kpakima is a reporter at POCIT. A documentary about the knife crime epidemic in the UK got her a nomination for the UK's #30toWatch Young Journalists of the Year.