"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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