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 online learning platform Coursera, HHF will offer co-working sessions, 1:1 office hours, workshops, skate meetups, and more!
Interested in this opportunity? If so, fill out this application to be considered for a scholarship that provides no cost access to these certificates!
Applications for the Fall 2022 pilot cohort closed on September 2nd. Fall 2022 scholarship recipients, please check Grow @ HHF on LeagueApps for additional information, schedules, and resources.
Applications for 2023 cohorts are open on a rolling basis - APPLY TODAY! Official outreach for cohorts beginning in January 2023 and May 2023 will begin in November 2022 and March 2023, respectively.
Who is eligible for this opportunity? Skateboarders aged 18 and over who live in the New York City area.
17-year-olds are welcome to apply - they just have to be 18 years old by their program end date.
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, and we will not allow scholarship recipients to take more than one course at a time. 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.
What are your 2022 - 2023 program dates and durations?
PILOT Mon August 29th, 2022 - Fri December 16th, 2022 (3 months)
COHORT I Mon January 23rd, 2023 - Fri April 28th, 2023 (3 months)
COHORT II Mon January 23rd, 2023 - Fri July 28th, 2023 (6 months)
COHORT III Mon May 8th, 2023 - Fri August 11th, 2023 (3 months)
COHORT IV Mon May 8th, 2023 - Fri November 17th, 2023 (6 months)
I missed the Fall 2022 application deadline. Can I still apply for 2023? Yes! You can apply on a rolling basis for cohorts beginning in January 2023 and May 2023 via this form. Once you submit your application, you can expect to hear back within 1-2 weeks.
Though we review and accept applications on a rolling basis, each cohort does have its own timeline and deadlines. For Cohorts I and II beginning in January 2023, the application will officially open on November 1st and close on December 30th. For Cohorts III and IV beginning in May 2023, the application will officially open on March 1st and close on April 21st.
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 among the scholarship recipients.
Do I need to take my classes in person? No. HHF offers optional in-person co-working sessions, but your Google Career Certificate courses are all online via the Coursera platform.
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 towards opportunities for both personal and professional development. Whether through Creative Careers programs like Grow With Google @ HHF or our Brownsville Skate Project, HHF's goal is to support and uplift our community not just as skateboarders, but as full human beings.