Mind the Gap: How NVIDIA, and Our CEO, Are Building Brains in Our Backyard

by Liz Austin

There’s no shortage of success in Silicon Valley. The problem: many of the region’s schools lack the resources to help students achieve the same success.

NVIDIA is helping close that gap.

Project Inspire, our annual volunteer event in place of a holiday bash, has directed $5.5 million in cash, equipment and labor since 2007 to support the education of local kids.

Our partner, City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley, works with under-served public schools.

City Year relies on recent grads – or “corps members” – who put in a year of full-time service as tutors, mentors and role models.

Schoolhouse Rock: Project Inspire, our annual volunteer event in place of a holiday party, helps support the education of local kids by fixing up schools.

This is our sixth year working with City Year on Project Inspire. And it’s our fourth year funding corps members supporting at-risk kids at a San Jose elementary school.

Now, City Year will be able to help 3,415 more kids over the next three years – thanks to a $1 million donation by our CEO and co-founder Jen-Hsun Huang and his wife, Lori. It represents City Year’s single largest gift ever.

Jen-Hsun and Lori’s support was announced today. A formal presentation to City Year will take place on Saturday, Dec. 6, as part of this year’s Project Inspire at Clyde L. Fischer Middle School in East San Jose.

Their gift will let City Year extend support for East San Jose students.

City Year’s corps members will provide high-quality academic intervention and mentoring for every student who attends Overfelt High School and its feeder elementary and middle schools.

Our goal: to help City Year – and our schools – build the next-generation of innovators, one kid at a time.