by Mary Fuller
Hack the Hood staff later commented on how the youth stayed absorbed through several hours of panels where they got to meet and hear from folks in a wide variety of departments across the company:
But even those who aren't particularly gamers got a lot out of the visit. On the bus back into Oakland, I chatted with one young woman who is still trying to figure out what career path she wants to take. Before going into our program, she thought she might want to pursue cosmetology, but her perspective is broadening. During one poignant moment she went through the two pages of notes she had folded up in her pocket from the day:
"What they were talking about today can relate to almost any career I want. And the way they were talking about college made me feel like it was something I can do. I never thought that before. But it's just like high school, except you need more discipline. I can do that!"
This is EXACTLY why field trips are an integral part of Hack the Hood's model. During a good field trip, youth meet people they can relate to, become immersed in the environment and culture of a company, and learn about all the opportunities open to them if they are willing to push themselves beyond their comfort zone, do the work to master the skills, and foster relationships with people who can help them get there. This is what Hack the Hood's work is all about.
A big thank you to 2K and everyone who has opened doors for Hack the Hood youth. You're the best!
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