Yesterday, 17-year-old Jake Galant became $36,000 richer. The money was awarded to him by the Helen Diller Family Foundation, which celebrates Jewish teens who dedicate themselves to bettering the world.
We first met Galant in 2011, shortly after he became director of Tera Byte, a video game creation camp for kids entering grades 3-8. Since then, he has added a charitable component to the coding school. Using a portion of the tuition he collects from paying students, Galant offers scholarships to kids who otherwise wouldn’t be able to attend Tera Byte. The goal is to provide low-income youth with computer programming skills that could help them secure lucrative careers later in life.
Now a senior at St. Mark’s, Galant can use his recently acquired grant money to support the Tera Byte outreach project or further his education.
For more information about Tera Byte, click here.