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Earn a stipend and uplevel your skills two-session workshop at WordPress. Learn how to configure WordPress sites and train others.
WordPress is used by 70% of the world’s web sites and is one of the most used open source platforms in the world.
Join Hack the Hood staff and members—along with experienced WordPress developers—for a FREE 2-part program at Automatic headquarters in San Francisco, CA learning how to create and configure WordPress sites.
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Dates of Sessions (please plan to attend both) will be:
Snacks and food will be offered at both trainings; please bring a computer or Chromebook with you (or notify Hack the Hood staff if you need one).
This is a hands-on course, with individual and group instruction, led by Automattic and WordPress.com instructors. The program will be very interactive and full of practical information & exercises, and participants will have the opportunity to ask questions during the course as well as have their work checked. The goals of this program are to teach you the core skills you will need to select, set up and configure WordPress themes for clients, and show you how to teach others these skills.
NOTE: Students who participate in both sessions are eligible for transportation reimbursement and a $135.00 stipend for program participation
For more information, contact Lyn Muldow, firstname.lastname@example.org,
by Rose DeLeon-Foote
The San Francisco Bay Area is known for its amazing culture. San Francisco and Oakland, in particular, are where city culture and identity is based around a distinct mixture of identities that often goes beyond racial or economic expectations. The neighborhoods, the music, the style, and the food (to say the least) are able to be here because of the most important and beautiful part, the people.
As tech has settled into the Bay Area, conversations on diversity, gentrification, tech inclusivity and education have spread among the locals. While tech moving in definitely presents benefits for the general economy of the Bay, there are many troubling phenomenon trailing along with it that are pushing out the amazing people who make the Bay what it is. This modern colonization has led to the creation of organizations, like Hack the Hood, who attempt to shift the balance of benefit back towards the center of the racial and socioeconomic spectrum.
Workforce development is the strategy many industries are using to increase access to well-paying skilled jobs for low income people of color. Local healthcare providers, in particular, have been making strides in planning workforce partnerships in an effort to increase hiring men of color in skilled positions with potential for promotions and living wages. Thinking about what strategies the healthcare industry is taking can help tech leaders see what engaging with communities and organizations looks like, and can help tech take initiative in working towards more diversity and inclusivity.
The following are three things happening in healthcare that can help tech in its path towards diversity and inclusion:
Note: Rose DeLeon-Foote recently relocated to the Raleigh-Durham area after working with Hack the Hood for a little over a year in a number of different roles. She completed her Master's degree in Public Policy from Mills in May, and has a Bachelor's in English from Berkeley. She has a career background in nonprofit program management, database administration and analysis, as well as, research and program facilitation; her graduate thesis was on facilitating pathways to healthcare careers for low-income men of color.
Want to support Hack the Hood's work to make tech more inclusive? Take part in The Great Tech Community Challenge, a 30-day campaign to raise money for year-round youth programming!
by Mary Fuller, co-founder and Chief Operating Officer
Hack the Hood is hitting two organizational milestones this week - the culmination of projects that have been in the works for months, and which deserve celebrating!
Yesterday we launched our brand new website at hackthehood.org! We did this one internally and almost everyone on staff offered something to make it great. We think it represents the richness of our organization and our offerings and hope you agree.
Here are some highlights of what you’ll find on the new site:
This will be a living document and more improvements are on their way, including fresh profiles of youth, staff, volunteers, and donors. Please keep an eye out.
Thanks to Imran Siddiquee, Danielle Dynes, Richard Something, and everyone who contributed.
The Great Tech Community Challenge
The second milestone we’re celebrating is the launch of our first peer-to-peer crowdfunding campaign. This represents our first call out to our broader community to support the amazing young people in our community. We’re asking you to show your support either through a direct donation, or even better, by setting up your own fundraising page and challenging your friends to pitch in to support opportunities for low-income youth and small businesses across Northern California.
Special thanks to Imran Siddiquee, Jonathan Darr King, Isaias Rodriguez for helping put together the campaign and video, as well as all the folks who appeared in the video. Thanks also to our sponsor Backblaze, and to VSCO for hosting our finish line party in November. It’s gonna be dope.
To learn more about the campaign, please visit our resource page to learn more or our campaign to jump right in!
Announcing a peer-to-peer crowdfunding campaign to raise $50K for Hack the Hood
Starting today, we're launching a brand new peer-to-peer crowdfunding campaign to help expand the impact of the work we do with young people of color interested in tech. The Great Tech Community Challenge is a chance for all of us who believe in the unbridled potential of young people, and care about fixing the inclusion problem in tech, to come together to make a real difference.
You can take part by donating, becoming a fundraiser, or joining a team! Once you start you can challenge your friends, colleagues, and others to join you in supporting Hack the Hood.
Follow this link to sign-up or learn more about the campaign here. With your help we'll be able to expand Hack the Hood's work beyond six-week bootcamps to year-round mentoring, workshops, and support for youth in the Bay Area!
by Donte´ Burney, Full Stack Web Developer and Hack the Hood Technical Fellow
reposted from his LinkedIn blog
Walking inside of a tech company can be a rough experience when it comes to breaking cultural barriers in the tech industry. In the Silicon Valley, the presence of black and latino engineers represent less than one percent of employment in most startup companies-- so it is not unusual to feel a bit of awkwardness when a group of young men of color walk in the building. In reason, I had some expectations based on past experiences but this time was different. There was a noticeable change in the atmosphere, a spirit of diversity, a sense of compassion and a realness which most of us had never experienced from a tech company before.
Standing on top of a luxurious rooftop, tech professionals from Wikia, broke down the ins and out of the industry, listened and gave advice on what it really takes to achieve success in the industry. They repeatedly spoke about failure and how we truly learn from these experiences as humans. One employee, told us about how he dropped out of college twice before he finally got his act together and took his work serious. Another lady spoke of her willingness to hustle and go above and beyond expectations. The Wikia community was able to speak the language of the youth and after leaving Wikia, many of the students expressed a willingness to be even more dedicated to learning, expressing their ideas and becoming a professional in the industry.
Bayview-Hack the Hood is a technical training, non-profit, who serve young people of color at the Bayview YMCA in San Francisco, CA. In 6 weeks, they review computer science fundamentals, web design principles and graphic design. If your company is searching for design interns please send me an e-mail to email@example.com. Learn more about Hack the Hood at http://www.hackthehood.org.
by Susan Mernit, CEO & Co-founder of Hack the Hoo
“I am asking all companies to look at diversity as a broken product. What post-mortem analysis can we run to understand our stagnating numbers? How can we debug the reason why diversity numbers haven’t changed? What are some institutional biases we can tease out? “
--Bo Ren, Medium,
I was a senior executive in product management at different tech companies from 2000 to 2008, when I waslaid off from a position at Yahoo! as head of product for Yahoo! Personals (I also spent a small bit of that time working with Yahoo! Brickhouse).
After I left that job, I launched a start-up I incubated at Techstars—and shut it down six months later, soon after I moved to Oakland. In Oakland, I started (with Kwan Booth and Amy Gahran) a local news non-profitcalled Oakland Local, in 2009. In 2012, I co-founded a #techinclusion non-profit, Hack the Hood, that focuses on creating more opportunities for young people of color.
Even though my last role as a product lead in a large tech company was almost ten years ago, so much of the views expressed and the experiences described by Bo Ren in her recent essay in response to Facebook saying its lack of diversity was a pipeline problem, rang true as similar to things I have experienced in the past.
In fact, as I read Bo Ren’s essay, many stressors I’ve felt as a woman product manager without an MBA or an engineering degree (but a record of building and development interesting products for consumers, often as part of and often as a lead in, a very innovative team) came flooding back. The not being good enough, the constant challenges, the side eye--even as a white woman with privilege, I’ve experienced some version of all of them.
How can it be that almost fifteen years later, women are still hearing the same biased statements about being product managers—and leaders?
How can it be that women are still being told they are abrasive and too aggressive after they are asked to lead?
Why is it that women who have product vision are challenged by males and told they’re not technical enough to be a product manager—or, on the other side, that they lack the business skills to do the job?
I heard all of those 15 years ago—which makes it so infuriating that we are still hearing them now.
In her essay, Bo Ren suggests if diversity was a product we’d shipped, it would be seriously broken—so the thing to do is to rebuild the product.
In other words, the ways some people working in tech hold onto power and refuse to share it need to be addressed right now if we’re going to have an equitable and inclusive tech industry. And yet, to make that happen, we’re going to have to think about how we go beyond empowering women - or just some women - to have a fair shot.
We need to create the access and opportunities for everyone who has a specific set of skills and experiences to find meaningful employment in their field--and create ways that they are able to access those skills and education in the first place.
Race, class, gender, identity, sexuality, age should not be the determinants--and yet there are far too many hiring managers at tech companies, big and small, who feel otherwise. Diversity & inclusion managers at many companies tell me how frustrated they are that the hiring managers at their organizations look at people who come out of non-traditional backgrounds—including community colleges, coding boot camps, and apprenticeship programs—as inferior candidates, candidates that are in no way a match for the skills that those who have gone to particular four-year colleges and specific graduate programs offer.
So, no interviews, no hires. Or, if they get in, they experience being othered--exceptionalized and judged--until they can’t take it and move on.
I co-founded Hack the Hood because I wanted to see young people from the low-income communities of color in our region—including my own rapidly gentrifying corner of Oakland--be a part of the tech jobs boom. I believed that many of our young people could become innovative, successful workers and leaders at companies like Facebook, Yahoo! and Google, as well as at smaller and emerging companies in the tech ecosystem.
And yet, for too many people doing hiring, Hack the Hood members are challenging candidates for whom they feel they are doing a favor when they call them in for an interview. Not only are they entry-level candidates in companies with few entry-level roles--they’re also the candidates who are not part of the usual networks, the usual schools, and the usual companies--and that, as Bo Ren points out, is another area where tech companies are reluctant to take risks.
And yet, these young people have a lot to offer—they are bright, hard-working, resilient, innovative problem solvers—exactly the kinds of people technical companies want in that they are dedicated to creative ways to solve problems and they are practicing how to learn hard things.
Only they need a way in.
If the big tech companies really care about inclusion, and about being a resource for the communities where their facilities are based, they will change their hiring pipelines and debug the diversity gap. This investment in talent will pay off in better products, more invested workers, and a greater contribution to the social fabric of the communities where tech companies locate.
And look, if we’re going to be real, the most important thing to ensure is not that people of color get to work at Google or Facebook, but that those young people of color--and everyone who doesn’t fit the tech majority of the moment--have the same opportunity as anyone else to participate in innovating the technologies and solutions our future requires.
And, equally importantly, they do it with equal pay, equal opportunities for advancement, and the same support for launching and owning their own companies that only the most privileged enjoy today.
Photo by Sonya Redi
Last week, 40 young people gathered in Oakland to kick off Hack the Hood’s summer 2016 boot camps, our 4th summer season in The Town. Around the region, bootcamps run by our community partners are also starting in San Jose, East Palo Alto, Merced, and in San Francisco’s Tenderloin, Bayview/Hunter’s Point and Western Addition. But while we’re thrilled to be working with 180+ youth this summer (and just as many small businesses who need websites to market themselves online), we also have a cadre of Hack the Hood members who’ve been working with us for the past year or more--and their numbers are growing.
For young folks like Madeira, Araceli, Leo, Francis, Renee, Daniel and Mariah, Hack the Hood is a gateway to opportunity. For some it’s a mechanism to better-paying work, a network of interested tech professionals, and a source for real-world experience. For others it’s a means to enroll in more training, whether that’s a four year degree, a community college certificate in computer science, or a General Assembly online course in Data Analytics.
How can you help support Hack the Hood youth out in the world? Here are some suggestions:
Save the dates
Front end dev Lyn Muldow, a former Hack the Hood instructor (East Palo Alto, 2015) and General Assembly coding boot camp grad (we love GA!) has joined us as the Oakland Technical Teaching Fellow and the program manager. Donte Burney, an Oakland vet and front end dev who graduated from a Galvanize boot camp, is our technical teaching fellow at the Bayview/Hunter’s Point YMCA program, and Kenny Zhang, another front end with Galvanize boot camp training is our East Palo Alto Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula technical teaching fellow. Our fourth fellow is Oakland native and Hack Hood alumni Nhat Ho, a rising junior in computer science at UC Davis, who started at Hack the Hood in 2014 as a boot camp participant.
This past month, Hack the Hood staffers and youth went to to the Women’s Startup Challenge held at LinkedIn on June 14.
We were thrilled to see two Hack the Hood friends and women entrepreneurs of color, Stephanie Lampkin ofBlendoor and Kiah Williams of SIRUM, win the top prizes in the competition. Kiah and her team won a cash prize of of $50,000, donated by Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist and craigconnects, to help fund development of SIRUM, a “match.com” for unused, unexpired medicine which matches it with people in need. Stephanie and Blendoor were one of three start-ups that won the “People’s Choice” award-- $360,000 in cloud services and a spot in a Global Entrepreneur Program.
Our young folks got a chance to talk with Stephanie, an engineer who created Blendoor, a blind recruiting app for job recruiters that hides the candidate’s name and photo to circumvent unconscious bias and facilitate diversity. It's a conversation and experience they won't soon forget!
"People ask 'do you have a website? and I’m like 'as a matter of fact, I do!'" - Marie Brennan, 2015 Hack the Hood Small Business Client
Last summer, local chef Marie Brennan came to Hack the Hood’s Bootcamp looking for help in marketing her food-related projects online. She wanted a modern, simple website that would give her the opportunity to sell the recipes she created in her free time.
"When I first was working with Hack the Hood, I was a private contractor. I didn’t have the time or the energy to do the extra projects that I was hoping the website would help me do," Brennan said.
She also wanted a chance to support the young people in her area. She was paired with a Hack the Hood youth developer named Jasmine, and spent time getting to know her as they imagined a new website together.
Interacting and brainstorming with Jasmine, in a series of meetings over the summer, proved to be the highlight of her experience.
“She was just so excited and positive about everything,” Brennan said. “The nice thing about Hack the Hood is it’s taking certain skills, like website building, and making it really real for the young people. And because they get to work with real people...it gives them even more confidence in their abilities.”
Today she still uses her website and continues to rave about her time with Jasmine. Check out Marie's site below, and if you're interested in working with Hack the Hood youth to build your own no-cost website for a small business or creative project this summer, apply here before June 24th!
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