Ludacris donated $10,000 to Jay’Aina “Jay Jay” Patton and her father Antoine, the creators of Photo Patch, an app designed to keep incarcerated parents in touch with their children while on The Ellen Show.
The goal of Photo Patch is to help fill that void for families, as well as encourage more young women of color to get into tech and explore the field as a possible profession.
“Right now, I’m on a mission to help 10,000 girls of color get into the world of tech and start their career path,” Jay Jay explained. “Just for me, there’s not much representation of people who look like me in the world of tech and I know other little girls want to get into this world. They don’t see that they can do it.” She also revealed her own plans to use her platform to enact change, adding, “I want to be that guide and help them do it — and just start them off with their career. I actually have a scholarship fund as well that we’re raising awareness for to help these women and girls start their career and just let them know that they can do it.”
The app was launched in 2015 and in the first year helped 2,500 families get connected and today helps 70,000 families share over a million photos.
The rapper shared his admiration for their purpose-driven endeavor before handing the father-and-daughter duo with a check. Ellen Degeneres and The Ellen Show also matched Luda’s gesture with a $10,000 donation of their own, giving the Pattons a $20,000 total to put towards building their Photo Patch app.
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