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Urban Arts Partnership School of Interactive Arts (SIA) is a game design program that prepares students to consider and enroll in college programs to pursue careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math (STEAM). SIA is a highly effective program, with 100% of students who complete the program enrolling in college to study game design and other digital arts, computer science, and engineering programs. Urban Arts Partnership was founded in 1991 with the mission to provide students from low-income communities with a quality 21st century education that is rooted in the arts and technology, preparing them for lifelong success. 

Games for Change (G4C) is the leading advocate of games and immersive media for social impact. Games for Change hosts the G4C Festival, one of the largest industry-facing events for social impact games and XR experiences in the world. Founded in 2004, Games for Change empowers game creators and social innovators to drive real-world change using games and immersive media. 

Code Coven is a fully female founded online games industry bootcamp focused on underrepresented developers. 70% of their participants are female and 71% are from underrepresented backgrounds. In 2020, Code Coven launched a scholarship for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic applicants to their “Intro to Unity course.” In only 3 days, they received 250+ applications from 25+ countries around the world, highlighting the need for this opportunity.

Black Public Media’s BPMplus comprises 7 programs: The Technically Brilliant Show, The MIT & Black Public Media Fellowship, XR Mixers, Pop-up VR Theaters, XR classes, the Nonso Christian Ugbode Fellowship, and the BPMplus Showcase. Black Public Media (formerly National Black Programming Consortium) was founded in 1991. In 2018, BPMplus was launched with the goal of increasing Black participation in emerging tech storytelling. Their programs serve Black artists, filmmakers, and creative technologists.

Source: Unity Technologies Blog

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