CodeCrew Recipient of Nike’s Black Community Engagement Fellowship

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – Nike is donating a total of $7.75 million to national and local organizations through the company’s Black Community Engagement grant. This is an initiative to support organizations that educate and empower Black communities.

One such organization receiving part of the grant is CodeCrew.

“We are honored that Nike believes in the work we do to provide quality computer education to children and adults of all members,” said Meka Egwuekwe, co-founder and executive director of CodeCrew.

CodeCrew is a nonprofit organization in Memphis that teaches and helps adults start a career in technology. CodeCrew also introduces young minds to the world of computing.

“We run electives in the K-12 school where we go straight to the schools. But also after school and summer programs where we offer different project-based topics like robotics, drones, mobile apps, websites, video games and things that kids get excited about, but also that inspire them to learn,” Egwuekwe said.

Nike has allocated a total of $600,000, which will be split among 10 organizations in Memphis, including CodeCrew.

“This will allow us to expand our after-school and summer programming, as well as the K-12 space for kids,” Egwuekwe said.

Another portion will go to CodeCrew students who wish to remain in the program but need financial assistance to continue.

CodeCrew advocates for students beyond local classrooms. The organization supports bills like HB 2153. If passed, it would give K-12 students greater access to computer classes and allow computer classes to count as a condition of admission to higher education.

“We are really excited about what this will mean for the state,” Egwuekwe said. He plans to travel to Nashville to meet with lawmakers about the bill as early as next week.

Nine other Memphis-based organizations will receive a portion of Nike’s grant, including Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope, Legacy of Legends CDC, Black Business Association of Memphis, Heal the Hood Foundation, Vance Avenue Youth Development, Streets Ministries, The Consortium Memphis Music Town, 100 Black Men of Memphis and The Way Community Group.

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