Russell Westbrook is all about the students. He just launched The Westbrook/Brownstein Green Tech Program
The WBGTi is a program that will provide digital job skills to at-risk young adults in the Corps and break down the digital divide by providing skill training for green tech job opportunities to 500 Corpsmembers in Los Angeles.
The initiative is steered by a partnership between LA native and NBA superstar Russell Westbrook’s Why Not? Foundation and LA philanthropist Chad Brownstein.
The program will provide digital job skills to at-risk young adults in the Corps and break down the digital divide by providing skill training for green tech job opportunities to 500 Corpsmembers in Los Angeles.
The Westbrook/Brownstein Green Tech Program will expose Corpsmembers to achievable career paths and provide technology related tools and education.
The program will include classes that train students in computer literacy and introduce marketable skills like coding, drone piloting, and computer engineering.
“As a kid who grew up here in LA, I know how important it is to feel supported and empowered by the community. By helping to provide these resources my hope is that the youth will be able to see how bright their future can be and expand the vision of what they think they’re capable of.” – Russell Westbrook.
The partnership will also fund the second pillar, the Westbrook/Brownstein Green Futures Lab, where new computers and necessary equipment for intro classes will be installed.
The third core initiative is the advanced drone piloting career path program.
It will be the be the creation of a quarterly advanced training program designed to position students to enter the game-changing career path of drone maintenance and piloting.
An initial donation will be facilitated by Russell Westbrook’s Why Not? Foundation and Chad Brownstein; with their robust network and partners, they will continue to fundraise for additional programming.
Russell Westbrook, a UCLA alumnus and Los Angeles native has always been passionate about empowering children in underserved communities.
The mission of the Russell Westbrook Why Not? Foundation is to inspire the lives of children, empower them to ask, “Why Not?” and teach them to never give up.
The foundation works to help children that are facing hardships of any kind, and when faced with that adversity, fight to succeed and to never give up.
Russell Westbrook and his brother were taught to ask, “Why Not?” every time they were told they could not do something.
It is this encouragement and strength that Russell and his family want to spread to children across the country.