The Entertainment Software Association (ESA), Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF), and HHF’s Leaders on the Fast Track (LOFT) today announced applications are now open for the second annual ESA LOFT Video Game Innovation Fellowship. The program provides minority youths with an opportunity to promote social change through video games, according to the ESA. The Fellowship program will award 20 people between the ages of 15 – 25 with grants to create video games or mobile applications which seek to solve problems that face their communities.
"Through this creative partnership with the ESA, we are engaging youth on their terms, through video games to make a social impact," said Jose Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO of HHF. "We believe there is a link between playing a video game and developing a game to teach computer coding, cybersecurity, and other workforce skills gap areas America is trying to fill. It is critical that minority youths are encouraged to create, not just consume."
Those interested in applying for this program can do so by visiting www.LOFTinnovation.org. The deadline is August 15.
Joining ESA and HHF on this year's effort is Globaloria, Black Girls Code, BK Nation, BASE (Black Association of Scientist and Engineers), Computer Science Teachers Association, Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Association, National Urban League, NRCCUA, and Gamepress.