This summer Hack the Hood will operate bootcamps for 16-21 year olds in five locations: East Palo Alto (Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsula), Richmond (RYSE and Youthworks), San Francisco (African American Arts and Culture Complex) and Oakland (MetWest High School and East Oakland Youth Development Center). We’ll work with 125 young people who will learn basic coding and digital literacy skills, gain insight into the tech ecosystem and understand how they can fit into it, and chart career paths into tech careers. Along the way, each young person will visit several tech companies and talk to real live professionals about their career evolution, build 2-5 websites for local small businesses in their communities, as well as create a personal portfolio, LinkedIn page, and a career plan.
During the course of the bootcamp, many of the youth will move from feeling like tech just isn’t something they could do, to seeing themselves with a many new career and educational opportunities. For young people coming from communities where good jobs might be security guard, janitor, or warehouse worker, learning about other options, especially the tech pipeline and figuring out how they can get there, is very transformative.
Mentors and Volunteers Make a Critical Difference—How About You?
To help create these powerful insights and changes, Hack the Hood relies not only on the instructors and program staff who work with our young people every day, but on tech professionals who work with our young people to help them create career plans, answer questions about jobs and training, and provide real-time, hands on support. For many of our young people, the tech professionals they meet turn into important role models and contacts—providing a navigation capital and point of reference most of our young people lack.
What it takes to mentor is your time and an interest in talking about your work and the path you took to get to where you are. We support mentors and volunteers by providing training, support, and follow-up, so you're part of a larger program.
Roles We Need Filled--And Where
We're seeking tech mentors and volunteers around the Bay Area starting in mid-June and going through August.
Web Ninjas: Commitment is 2-4 hours a week during a bootcamp. We are looking for volunteers with Expert Tech Skills, (HTML/CSS, UX/UI, Web Design).
Clinicians: Commitment is 1 hour a week for 1 to 2 weeks. We are looking for volunteers with expertise in their fields, who would like to teach a valuable skill or concept in a one hour class to youth. This can range from advanced HTML/CSS to personal branding.
Mentors: Commitment is 1-2 hours a week and begins at the end of 4th week of the bootcamp. Mentors work with youth to secure a career plan and offer opportunities for professional growth.
Sign up here or contact firstname.lastname@example.org; we’ll have trainings and orientations later this month.
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