A note from Hack the Hood: We are so inspired by our partner organizations! TeenForce and Silicon Valley Children's Fund run bootcamps specifically for foster youth. We wanted to share Enrique's story because we think his persistence in the face of difficult challenges shows the resilience we want to celebrate in all our youth. We're proud to partner with TeenForce and Silicon Valley Children's fund for bring the Hack the Hood model to foster youth in the Bay Area.
Partner post from: TeenForce
On Saturday, December 10th, our STEM program, a partnership with the Silicon Valley Children's Fund, had its graduation ceremony to honor the youth who participated in the program during Fall 2016. It was the first time that all three cohorts (Museum Experience, Robotics, and Hack the Hood) came together for a joint celebration, and we had the biggest turn out yet!
Although having such a great turn out is always exciting, the biggest success of the event is the graduation of one of our youth, Enrique, who participated in the Hack the Hood cohort in Gilroy this fall. Getting to the STEM program graduation has not been an easy ride for Enrique, but he fought through the challenges and completed the program, designing a website for the Opportunity Youth Academy in Gilroy.
Enrique's biggest barrier to success has been finding stable housing. Just before the last STEM class, Enrique's housing issues intensified and he sold the laptop that he had been given as part of the STEM program in order to afford to stay in a motel. Since he no longer had a laptop to use to work on his website, he contemplated dropping out of the program, but Opportunity Youth Program Coordinator Stephany Fuentes encouraged him to finish the program. And it is a good thing she did because at graduation, we surprised him with a brand new laptop to replace the one he had sold!
With his new laptop, Enrique is working alongside Opportunity Youth Academy Principal Nicky Ramos-Beban, Ph.D. to improve his website and intends to finalize the website by January 30th. He also started working at a new job, which he found with the help of TeenForce, and re-enrolled in the Opportunity Youth Academy to earn his high school diploma.
Our TeenForce team is so incredibly proud of Enrique for fighting through the daily challenges he faces and never giving up! We know he has a bright future ahead of him, and we are all excited to see where he ends up. Congratulations, Enrique, for all of your successes not just this past semester but throughout your life!
Enrique's website will not go live until January 30th, but check out these other websites designed by youth in our Hack the Hood Fall 2016 cohort: GinaLopez.com, DG Communications, Snowie Shaved Ice, MONEYdawg $olution$, and Ciel.
Hack the Hood Co-founder and Chief Education Officer talks about Hack the Hood's approach at the 2016 Code for America Summit.
As we enter the final week of our crowdfunding campaign, The Great Tech Community Challenge, we had a chance to speak with Sara Sandhu, Development Project Manager at East Bay College Fund, about why she chose to support our effort to expand programming for youth of color.
Her words are a powerful reminder of just how important community building work is, and why we must continue to push to create opportunities for young people.
What's your name and where do you work?
My name is Sara Sandhu, and I'm currently working for East Bay College Fund in Oakland. Hack the Hood is one of our partners!
How does the mission of Hack the Hood - and this campaign - relate to your own career journey?
I, like so many people I know, really struggled to start my career, even after graduating from a university. When I enrolled in a Bioscience program at a local community college, I was part of an awesome cohort of students and introduced to the most incredible faculty I have ever known. I truly credit everyone there for helping me realize my place is in education, and for opening up doors to some incredible professional opportunities.
Why do you think it's important to support this campaign?
Knowing you have a sideline of supporters is such a powerful feeling, and it really does make you feel that you can be anywhere you'd like to be, doing anything you want to do. When I was introduced to Hack the Hood, I was so impressed with the technical skills they help students build, but more importantly, they create a sense of community for our youth. Finding a job in tech can be really difficult, but finding yourself and realizing your passions is even more challenging when the odds are positioned against you. Hack the Hood helps youth overcome these barriers in such meaningful ways. I think the more obvious question is really why wouldn't you support this campaign?
Any advice for young people who are just starting out in their careers?
A mentor is key! I really would not be where I am today with the ambitions I now have set, if I did not have these special people in my life cheering me on and offering great advice along the way.
Give to Sara's team fundraiser for The Great Tech Community Challenge and create more opportunities for youth of color interested in tech today.
We recently asked some young people to tell us how Hack the Hood has impacted their life, as part of our ongoing crowdfunding campaign. Below are some of the inspiring words that youth have shared, and the challenges they've posed to the tech community.
Click here to join The Great Tech Community Challenge and support young people interested in tech!
We're into week three of The Great Tech Community Challenge and so far it's been incredibly inspiring to see so many in our community coming together to support this effort. Most of all, we've loved hearing the stories of why people are raising money to help us deepen our tech programs for youth of color.
One especially moving story comes from Jose Cortez, who started a fundraising team called Los Bots. Jose explains how his passion for this cause is rooted in his own personal experiences:
In 11th grade I was introduced to the idea of a career in technology by a computer teacher named Ms. Neider. She changed my course in life.
People like Jose are the ones fueling The Great Tech Community Challenge - those who believe in young people of color, and who know that they have unlimited potential. We're so grateful to have Jose on our team, and encourage you to support his efforts here!
Or start your own fundraising page by clicking the button below:
Thanks to the donations, fundraising pages, and team efforts of supporters like you, we reached our first big milestone this week - raising over 30% of our $50,000 goal for The Great Tech Community Challenge! And we're still going!
Learn more about the campaign here.
We're also thrilled to announce Backblaze as an official sponsor, and that a certain local baseball team has donated an additional prize for the challenge (more info below).
It's truly awesome to see our community coming together in this way and investing so much in the next generation of tech mavens!
Oakland A's Tickets for Top Fundraisers
This is beyond cool. The Oakland Athletics have answered the call and donated 8 tickets to a home game, for the person or team who raises the most by Nov. 3rd! That's in addition to the incentives we've already spotlighted on the campaign page, including tickets to our Finish Line Party for everyone who raises at least $100.
Get started fundraising now and good luck!
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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, email@example.com,
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!
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