Google Launches Grow With Google Initiative in Canada

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Grow with Google provides small business owners and job seekers with access to free digital training, workshops and events

 

Today, Google launched Grow with Google, a new initiative aimed at helping Canadians access the best of Google’s training and tools to grow their skills, careers, and businesses. As part of this new initiative, Google announced $2 million in grants from Google.Org to bring digital skills training to individuals across the country. The grant will be used to bring two of Google’s leading digital skills training programs to Canada: Applied Digital Skills and the Professional IT Support Certificate.

Google is partnering with Canada Learning Code to provide Canadians with access to the Applied Digital Skills Program, a blended online and in-person curriculum that teaches digital skills through practical problem solving so learners can be competitive in an evolving job market. To make sure those lessons are available to all Canadians, the entire Digital Skills Training Program is offered in both French and English.

The Professional IT Support Certification Program takes beginner learners to job readiness in eight months with no experience required. Developed by Google and hosted on Coursera, the program has over 64 hours of video lessons, hands-on labs and interactive assessments for adults looking to reskill and start a new career in technology. Google has partnered with leading Canadian companies like RBC and Walmart Canada, and of course Google Canada to get graduates information into the hands of HR departments following course completion.

Google is also bringing workshops, in-person training, and one-on-one sessions to communities across Canada, in partnership with local community groups, businesses and leaders. Grow with Google events will cover topics suited to small business owners and entrepreneurs looking to scale their business and individuals interested in  growing their skills.

“Technology is the key to opportunity, which is why we are launching Grow with Google in Canada,” said Sabrina Geremia, Country Director, Google Canada. “By making our resources available to everyone online, by bringing hands-on training into communities across the country, and by partnering with organizations like Canada Learning Code who are devoted to expanding access to digital tools and training, we can help Canadians grow their skills, their opportunities, and their futures.”

“Digital skills are tools of empowerment,” says Melissa Sariffodeen, Chief Executive Officer at Canada Learning Code. “Our vision is a Canada in which all people have the knowledge and confidence to harness the power of technology to achieve economic and personal fulfillment. Our partnership with Grow with Google puts us one step closer to achieving that vision by allowing us to offer new content and scale our existing coding and digital literacy curriculum to more Canadians.”

Google and Partnership for Drug-Free Kids Collaborate to Bring Evidence-Based Resources, Actionable Support to Parents and Families

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Google Has Helped More Than 4 Million Families Find Help at Drugfree.org

 

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, the leading nonprofit that supports families whose son or daughter is struggling with substance use, has expanded its partnership with Google to ensure that parents can find and have access to evidence-based resources to address a substance use disorder within their families.

This spring, Google announced a matching gift campaign to boost the Partnership’s Parent Helpline, which provides families with expert guidance and personalized help when struggling with the challenges of their child’s substance use. Families connect to the Partnership by phone at 855-DRUGFREE, through live chat services, text, email, and Facebook Messenger, as well as through its one-on-one parent coaching network.

So far, this campaign has driven $1,000,000 – and counting – of additional resources to the Parent Helpline.  Since 2015, Google has highlighted the Partnership’s Parent Helpline in Google search results when U.S. families search or help with a child’s substance use.

Google matched $250,000 in donations from individuals, dollar-for-dollar, during the active matching gift campaign. The challenge doubled the amount of total donations made to the charity organization from late April through early June, which also doubled the impact of the Parent Helpline in effectively delivering support services to families.

Google also provided the Partnership with a $500,000 corporate gift with hopes of helping the Partnership raise an additional $1 million through private sector partners, between now and the end of 2018. The Trailblazers for Hope Corporate Challenge couples Google’s investment with the support of other corporate leaders to help an additional 30,000 families cope with their child’s substance use and addiction. More easily than ever before – and bolstered with support from Google – parents can now find solace and assistance through the Partnership’s one-on-one services, extended Helpline hours and through an expansion of the Partnership’s Support Specialist team.

“We are truly grateful for the dedication and generosity of our partners at Google and to every individual that helped us raise these critical funds in record time. This match will help guarantee that our Parent Helpline and free, customized, family support services can operate at capacity and reach every parent that comes to the Partnership in need of assistance and guidance,” said Fred Muench, President and CEO of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.

“Every single day, families are searching for information to help their child on Google – and every single day, a Google search will bring them to our resources. However, due to the severity of the opioid epidemic, we’ve been deluged with calls, texts and live chat requests. We needed these vital support dollars to meet the increased demand,” continued Muench. “We thank Google for their long-standing commitment to ensuring that families searching for answers, fearful that their child will be the next statistic, will instead find help and hope at the Partnership.”

Partnership Resources, Tools Reaching More Parents and Families with Google Support

Since 2015, Google has helped more than 4.3 million families find support and guidance at drugfree.org. Through support for the Parent Helpline, free advertising provided to the Partnership and via links in Google Search on various “knowledge panels,” utilizing the Partnership’s information and linking to drugfree.org, Google is helping make sure that parents find reliable, credible help more easily.

Google ads are now the leading driver of web traffic to Partnership’s Helpline page and Google ads have been responsible for 22 percent of site visits in the past year, followed only by natural search.

The Partnership is also working as part of a committee to advise LegitScript in their effort to create a certification process for legitimate treatment providers who want to advertise their services on Google. The goal is to use this certification process to prevent predatory treatment providers from preying upon families desperate to find help for a loved one who is facing a substance use disorder.

To learn more, please visit drugfree.org.