Announcing our inaugural grantees: Parents for Public Schools San Francisco and the Four Block Foundation

We are excited today to announce the first winners of Udemy’s Social Innovation Grant program. Parents for Public Schools in San Francisco and the Four Block Foundation in New York will be creating online Udemy courses to make a social impact and further their work.

Four Block Veteran Career Development is a nonprofit organization committed to providing career development and transition support services to returning veterans and their families. They will use the grant to bring their in-person curriculum online, with a course called “Military Transition & Veteran Career Development, The Right Veteran, The Right Career.”

The course will provide transitioning Post 9/11 veterans with the essential tools needed to jumpstart civilian careers. The goal of the course is to empower veterans to obtain competitive internships and full-time positions that match their interests, attributes and strengths. They have been getting requests to start the program in cities around the country and are excited about using an online course to reach these men and women.

Parents for Public Schools assists families and works to ensure quality public schools for all children in San Francisco. They help parents at each stage of the journey, from introducing them to the enrollment lottery process, to developing parent leaders in the schools and at the district, to improving systems at the district level and much more.

They will use the grant to create a course, “Parents as Partners in Creating Excellent California Public: The Ins and Outs of School Governance and How Schools are Funded.” The course will be available in English, Spanish, and Chinese. Studies have shown that schools with parents who are involved in decision-making and advocacy have higher levels of student achievement and greater public support. In the course PPSSF will teach parents how to get involved in what can often be a confusing system  in order to support their student’s success.

Udemy is excited to partner with these great organizations to help scale great education around the world.