Dear Hack the Hood community,
We hope you and your loved ones are staying well and healthy. In the midst of these uncertain times, we wanted to share some positivity with our 2019 Impact Report which reflects our aspirations and marks our progress as an organization. This past year, your continued support had a tremendous impact here in Oakland and with our partner organizations, who’ve taken our curriculum and empowered more young people.
Hack the Hood was created to bring together young people of color, small business owners, and tech industry leaders to advance equity, inclusion, and innovation for the entire community - especially in the tech sector.
Every year, our team aims to improve the experience of our young people - both current program participants and alumni. We kicked off 2019 with our first ever 9-week spring bootcamp, implementing 3 additional weeks to the program with 84 hours of advanced technical curriculum and 53 more hours of professional development. We continued to engage with our alumni by empowering them to lead our programs and bringing them together for Alumni Appreciation Nights. One of our key milestones for the second half of the year was the transition to our new partnership model. By collaborating with our 8 program partners, not only do we scale our impact, our students receive double the support.
“In these changing times, our work is more critical than ever," said Zakiya Harris, Co-Founder and Senior Advisor of Hack the Hood. "We are proud of the collective impact our work has had on advancing the lives of young folks of color in tech."
On behalf of the 1,015 youth and 400 small businesses we have served since 2013, thank you for your support of Hack the Hood. We hope that you take enormous pride in what we have accomplished together. We look forward to continuing our mission of changing the face of tech and improving economic mobility to our communities in the Bay Area and beyond.
Hack the Hood
Dear Small Business Community,
In light of ongoing closures and cancellations due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we wanted to reach out to you to share resources to help support small businesses.
As we stay vigilant to protect our physical health from the virus, we also need to protect the economic health of our community. Freelancers and small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy, and right now, this lifeblood is at risk.
The economic impacts of COVID-19 will likely have a ripple effect for months to come. And, while Hack the Hood does not have direct service to support our small businesses during these challenging times, we hope these resources shared below can:
We hope you stay safe and also want to share these resources to help cope with the coronavirus situation:
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