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.
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