San Jose, CA – (November 21, 2016) – NBC Bay Area / KNTV and Telemundo 48 Area de la Bahia / KSTS, in partnership with The NBCUniversal Foundation, today announced that three Bay Area nonprofit organizations will receive a total of $100,000 as part of the 21st Century Solutions grant challenge.

“Making the Bay Area a better place to live is central to our stations’ mission,” said Rich Cerussi, President and General Manager of NBC Bay Area and Telemundo 48. “We’re proud to support local organizations that are also committed to making our communities better places to live through innovative programs that address some of the Bay Area’s toughest challenges.”

In the Bay Area, the following organizations are the recipients of a 21st Century Solutions grant:

Hack the Hood – $50,000

Hack the Hood is a 6-week, 168 hour immersive boot camp where low-income youth of color who are between the ages of 16 to 25 learn tech, marketing, design, and entrepreneurship skills by building websites for local small businesses. Within two weeks of starting the program, youth are performing paid technology work and developing a portfolio they can use to secure internships, freelance jobs, and entry-level work. Each year, more than 100 “Hack the Hood” youth are empowered creators of change in their communities and advance their own learning and earning power.

Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley – $25,000

The Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley’s Family College Success Center (FCSC) is a one-start-center to get Latino students, with their parents support, on the college-bound path. Its objective is to provide centralized access to information, classes, workshops, and online services to create a plan to go to—and through—college. The Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley is the coordinating organization and nearly12 program partners have agreed to bring their programs to the FCSC, providing a portfolio of services that serve the students and parents from the community.

Juma Ventures – $25,000

The Youth Talent Pipeline is a pilot program by Juma Ventures that will help about 200 lower income community college students get and retain jobs to help them earn a livable wage to support themselves and their families while pursuing their college degree. Through corporate partnerships, the Youth Talent Pipeline initiative will provide disadvantaged youth with soft skill job training, industry seminars, mentorships and jobs at partner companies. Through these pilots, Juma Ventures works to ensure that Youth Talent Pipeline students are placed in permanent jobs where they can achieve upward mobility, gain new skills and increase their wages to help sustain them through college. Juma Ventures hopes to see more youth persisting in college and on track to graduate or transfer to a four-year college.

For the fifth consecutive year, the 21st Century Solutions grant challenge is awarding a total of $1.2 million to 30 nonprofits in 10 markets across the country served by the NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations, including in the Bay Area. Each of the NBCUniversal-owned stations promoted the initiative locally and created a community panel to review and select the final grant recipients. One winning organization and two runners-up are being awarded grants in each city. To see the full list of winners, click here or visit

The grants support impactful programs that offer bold, new ideas that move communities forward. Winners are being awarded in the following categories: Media, Technology for Good, Civic Engagement, Jobs and Economic Empowerment, Education, and the Environment.

About NBC Bay Area / KNTV

Owned by NBCUniversal, NBC Bay Area / KNTV is the Bay Area’s investigative station located in the heart of Silicon Valley. The station is committed to providing continuous, in-depth journalism with unique personalities. Along with broadcasting NBC’s award-winning daytime, prime-time and late night programming, NBC Bay Area produces more than 32 hours of news programming each week. The station can be seen locally on Comcast 3 and 703 and over-the-air on 11. COZI TV, the station’s digital network, offers a full schedule of America’s most beloved and iconic television series, hit movies and original programming. COZI TV can be seen locally on Comcast 186 and over-the-air on 11.3.

About Telemundo 48 / KSTS

Telemundo 48 / KSTS is Telemundo’s local television station serving the Spanish-speaking community throughout the Bay Area. Owned by NBCUniversal, the station is committed to providing viewers with breaking news and in-depth journalism with their award-winning team of reporters, offering the most up-to-date local news, weather, sports and entertainment headlines through a variety of platforms, including online at and via mobile and social media channels.



Liza Catalan