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Special Supplement Scholars learn about circuits working on an LED mural at the Square Root Academy’s STEM-curated activities at an event Jan. 6 at the California State Railroad Museum. Square Root Academy is a Rapid Acceleration, Innovation and Leadership Sacramento grant recipient. Tomorrow’s Tech Workforce The Rapid Acceleration, Innovation and Leadership Sacramento grant program awards organizations that invest in the city’s underserved communities to create careers for the future by Vanessa Labi S ome startups recognize there is untapped workforce potential in Sacramento’s underserved communities and have made it their mission to empower them. But to serve the underrepre- sented populations they seek to support, these startups need some assistance themselves. Recognizing the need to champion community-based initiatives, the City of Sacramento created the Rapid Acceleration, Innovation and Leadership Sacramento grant program, which focuses on preparing communities for the evolving, increasingly STEM-based career landscape. RAILS launched in 2016, and it granted $900,000 in July 2018 to 14 organizations serving neighborhoods including Del Paso Heights, Lemon Hill, Meadowview, Old North Sacramento, South Haggin- wood, South Oak Park and Twin Rivers, with initiatives like girls youth mentoring and hands-on robotics training. Although each organiza- May 2019 | comstocksmag.com 103