Shawn Mendes and the Shawn Mendes Foundation have partnered with Google to award the first set of Wonder Grants to young changemakers around the world.
Wonder Grants aim to support and empower young creatives launching their projects across various fields, including music, film, education, science, environment and technology. Google will also provide the first grantees with its latest technology to enhance their missions.
“I’m grateful to be able to provide grants through my Foundation, with Google’s support, to young leaders who are on the ground innovating change,” Mendes said in a press release. “I am so inspired by their work and want to continue to empower young people daring to wonder in the service of others.”
The Shawn Mendes Foundation has already selected five initial Wonder Grant recipients, including 18-year-old college senior, social activist and poet Fanta Ballo from Harlem, New York. Mendes featured a video of Ballo reciting one of her poems on his socials Tuesday (Dec. 15) upon the announcement of his foundation’s partnership with Google.
The @shawnfoundation & I are partnering with @google to give out a 1st set of Wonder Grants to youth making positive change. Each grantee will receive a cash grant + google product to support their work. This is @fantaratty4, an incredible poet & one of the first recipients 🖤 pic.twitter.com/q9jhnEMiKk
— Shawn Mendes (@ShawnMendes) December 15, 2020
The other four initial recipients will be announced on the foundation’s Instagram account in 2021.
The grant shares the title of Mendes’ fourth studio album Wonder, which launched straight to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week (dated Dec. 19). And while he’s honoring the youth who constantly use their voices, visions and abilities to change the world, the “Youth” singer has made Billboard chart history with his own voice: Mendes is the youngest male artist to top the Billboard 200 with four full-length albums at exactly 22 years, four months and two weeks old.