Youth Learning Tech by Helping Small Businesses

Unemployment is high across the board in the USA, but young People of Color are more likely to be out of work than any of their counterparts. Young people could be paired up with small businesses from the community who need help with their websites and social media.
People Impacted
$ 803B
Potential Funding
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the problem
Nature and Context

By helping youth of color build on their everyday tech skills to train them in website development, we can give youngsters the opportunities they need to find jobs in tech. Teenagers live and breathe the internet – they’re on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Amazon, they use GPS on their smartphones and they blog, making them a perfect fit for the tech industry. Yet, as Hack the Hood CEO Suzan Mernit points out, many young people “think of themselves as consumers of technology but not producers.” They do not realize how valuable their knowledge of the internet can be, and high-salaried careers in IT seem out of reach to them.

financial insights
Current Funding

Hack the Hood has had significant support from Google, Facebook and eBay, and received a $500,000 grant through the Bay Area Impact Challenge.

Potential Solution Funding

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