Grant to educate Phila. youths in art of app making

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has awarded a $635,000 grant to Temple University to fund a program to train high-school and college-age students from the area around the university's main campus in North Philadelphia how to develop apps.

The grant will enable 300 students to take part in six-week programs at Temple's Urban Apps and Maps Studios over the next three summers. About a dozen of the students will be selected to become year-round community fellows who will work with Temple and developers to create apps to help solve problems encountered by residents of urban communities.

Temple will work with the Philadelphia School District and Philadelphia Youth Network to identify and recruit students for the program. It hopes to eventually expand the program to students from throughout Philadelphia.

Temple launched the Urban Apps and Maps Studios last year.


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