The EastWest Institute (EWI) is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Nextgen Essay Contest, which generated entries from around the world.

Read > The Winners

Read > Part I: The Announcement

Watch > A testimony from Nextgen Essay Contest 2016


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Voter turnout among 18-25 year olds continues to be lower than other age groups.
— United Nations, 2014

"Today we're announcing a $1 million Google.org grant to The Hidden Genius Project, an Oakland, CA-based organization that is working to increase the representation of black male youth in tech. By mentoring Black male youth in technology creation, entrepreneurship, and leadership skills, The Hidden Genius Project aims to shift perceptions of computer scientists and inspire the next generation of technologists.  These funds will help the organization grow into new cities, train more staff, and expand their work to inspire more young people to pursue careers at the intersection of tech and their passions.

Coding is evolving and influencing how we think about all industries, including fashion, music and art.  But even as CS becomes more important across a wide variety of fields, millions of Black, Hispanic and female youth aren't unlocking its benefits."

Read more: Google