Global esports organisation Gen.G has expanded its educational programme, the Generational Gaming Academy, in partnership with Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), the Sacramento Chinese Community Service Center and Elk Grove Unified School District.
The programme is set to return this summer and will last for eight weeks. The programme helps students use their love of gaming for personal development, exploring career pathways, and more.
The programme was first announced in September 2021 in partnership with SMUD, and took place in the Edward Harris, Jr. Middle School in Elk Grove, California. Since then, more schools joined the programme, and this edition is expected to be the largest one yet. There are no set dates for the start of the programme, since every school will kickstart its own efforts at their own pace. SMUD will remain the project’s partner in the future.
The curriculum of the Academy was developed by Gen.G as an evolution of an existing programme that originated in South Korea.
The curriculums are set up in a way that aims to maximise the balance between learning and fun for school students, and aims to support the development of soft skills such as communication and leadership. More than 100 students are expected to partake in the programme this year.
SMUD will help support the programme by allowing students to complete a curriculum that teaches them about energy consumption and environmental topics.
Arnold Hur, the CEO of GEN.G, commented on the partnership: “Our focus on educational initiatives and expansion of learning programs targeted towards middle and high school students has always been part of our pillar of education at Gen.G.
“Whether it’s in gaming or another industry entirely, we want to use our own skills and knowledge to guide a new generation of gamers to fulfilling careers no matter where they go.”