Grow with Google is an initiative helping people across the US and the world grow their skills, careers, and businesses by offering free tools, training, and events. They provide a self-paced, online training program that offers professional certificates in the fast-growing high-demand fields of project management, user experience (UX) design, data analytics, digital marketing & e-commerce, and IT support.
Thanks to Google's support, the Harold Hunter Foundation will distribute 100 Grow With Google Career Certificate scholarships to skateboarders in New York City in 2022 and 2023. In addition to the resources provided by Grow With Google and Coursera, HHF will offer co-working sessions, 1:1s, workshops, skate meetups, and more!
Who is eligible for this opportunity? Skateboarders aged 17+ who live in the New York City area. Skaters from neighboring areas such as Long Island and New Jersey who frequently skate in NYC and/or actively participate in the NYC skateboarding community are welcome to apply.
FALL 2022 COHORT: Mon August 29th, 2022 - Fri December 16th, 2022 (3 months)
SPRING 2023 COHORT: Monday January 23rd, 2023 - Fri July 28th, 2023 (6 months)
The deadline to apply for the Spring 2023 cohort beginning on Monday, January 23rd, 2023 is Friday, January 6th, 2023.
After you submit your application via this link, you will receive an official email update by Monday, January 9th, 2023.
Orientation will be held on Monday, January 23rd, 2023 from 12:00PM - 3:00PM and Thursday, January 26th, 2023 from3:00PM - 6:00PM. Additional details - including address (for in-person attendees), Zoom link (for virtual attendees), and how to RSVP - will be provided in your acceptance email!
How much of a time commitment is this? Each certificate course contains 150-175 hours of self-paced, on-demand coursework and activities. When you enroll, the Coursera platform sets deadlines to help guide how quickly you should be moving through your coursework. You can personalize or reset your deadlines. There's no penalty for late assignments. To earn your certificate, all you have to do is complete all of the work. Most Google Career Certificate graduates complete their program within 3-6 months, which breaks down to 10-20 hours/week of coursework.
Outside of coursework, Grow @ HHF scholarship recipients are required to meet 1:1 monthly with HHF staff so we can monitor and support their progress. HHF will also offer optional workshops, events, in-person co-working hours, and skate sessions to help foster community and accountability among the scholarship recipients.
Do I need to take my classes in person? No. Google Career Certificates are designed to be completed 100% online via the Coursera platform. That said, HHF does offer optional in-person co-working sessions, which scholarship recipients can register for using LeagueApps.
Can I take more than one certificate course? 1 scholarship = 1 certificate = 1 person. Due to the time commitment, Google does not recommend taking more than 1 certificate course at a time. Given this, HHF will only award 1 scholarship per applicant. This is to ensure the success of each scholarship recipient and so we can offer this life-changing opportunity to as many NYC-area skaters as possible.
Do I have to be a US citizen to apply? No, you do not have to be a US citizen to apply for Grow With Google @ HHF. However, your visa type and citizenship status may impact your ability to legally study in the US and/or apply for some US-based jobs. Please cover your bases, as neither Grow With Google nor HHF can provide legal or consultative support regarding the student visa application process.
Can I receive college credit for completing a certificate? Yes - just make sure you ask and confirm with your college or university!
Google's data analytics, IT support, project management and UX design certificates have received credit recommendations from the American Council on Education (ACE®️) – the industry standard for translating workplace learning to college credit. Students can earn a recommendation of up to 12 college credits for completing a Google Career Certificate — the equivalent of 4 college courses at the associate degree level.
What does this have to do with skateboarding? At HHF, we believe that skateboarding has the power to transform lives.
Through our range of workforce readiness and social-emotional learning programs, we leverage our community's passion for skateboarding to guide them toward opportunities for both personal and professional development. Whether through our workforce readiness programs like Creative Careers or social-emotional learning programs like Brownsville Skate Project, HHF's goal is to support and uplift our community not only as skateboarders, but also as full human beings.