9Dots is a finalist for The Renewal Awards

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Nonprofit 9Dots has been named one of 15 finalists for The Renewal Awards held by The Atlantic and sponsored by Allstate.

More than 9,300 nominations were entered into the national competition that honors local organizations that promote positive changes in their communities.

9Dots works to develop science, technology, engineering and math programs in the Los Angeles area. It joins forces with K-6 schools in low-income communities and provides computer science classes that are designed to be fun as well as rigorous for students.

Through the computer programming classes, 9Dot prepares thousands of low-income students for higher education and jobs. The classes are designed to make students both leaders in technology and informed citizens in their communities.

Now in its fourth year, The Renewal Awards is open for public voting until March 1. Five winners will be named on April 3 in New York City at The Atlantic’s Renewal Summit. Allstate will award each winner a $20,000 grant.

“Allstate makes The Renewal Awards possible because we know good ideas start at the local level, and there are many creative ways to drive positive change in communities,” Stacy Sharpe, senior vice president of corporate relations at Allstate, told the California Business Daily.

“We also know from the vast number of applicants that the need is great—but so too is the creativity and diversity among change makers across the country. We are proud to support the organizations and individuals working hard to make their neighborhoods stronger,” she said.

The finalists come from nine states and Washington, D.C., and were chosen based on their commitment to serve and empower low-income populations by building the community, creativity and technology.

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