Introducing the B.MORE Project, a national initiative to reduce barriers to employment for black men. B.MORE is funded by the Open Society Foundation and led by the National Transitional Jobs Network. This video was created for the Leadership & Sustainability Institute's Black Male Achievement Social Innovation Accelerator application.
The Hidden Genius Project teaches coding and confidence to young men of color in Oakland
Jason Young, founding mentor of The Hidden Genius Project, was struck by this imbalance in 2011 when he ran a Kickstarter campaign in Oakland for his edutech startup, MindBlown Labs. Young recognized how disenfranchised Oakland’s black community was from the rapidly growing opportunities tech has been bringing to the Bay.
“That didn’t make sense to me, especially considering that technology [as an industry] is more open than other traditional industries, namely in respect to minorities.” Like a number of locally-grown and fairly new nonprofits, such as Black Girls Code, Code 2040, Hack the Hood and Black Founders, Young sought to bridge the gap between the Bay Area’s most thriving industry and one of its most underrepresented demographics.
The Hour of Code is an introduction to computer science designed to demystify "code" and show that anyone can learn the basics. There will be several hour-long tutorials anybody can do - on a web-browser, tablet, smartphone, or even with no computer at all.
Calling all students – regardless of age
Computer science is an important foundation for all students, for all careers.
Too many students think programming is hard or requires math; the Hour of Code is designed to inspire.
Some of the apps the kids have already built have helped community organizations connect with interested volunteers, helped inner-city citizens find and access healthy food, and helped kids like them get practice taking the SAT exam in a cool ninja fighting game.
President Obama launches a new effort aimed at empowering boys and young men of color, a segment of our society that too often faces disproportionate challenges and obstacles to success. February 27, 2014.
1. Mobile Unit Needed:iPad, Android-based tablet or Laptop
2. Web hosting provided:includes sub-domain name under Streets University, access to install/manage a WordPress site to practice, learn and complete assignments, and a branded email interoperable with a Gmail account
4. Appropriate Attire: young casual, urban professional
Some enrollment fees may be waived or all/some expenses may be covered by state agencies providing services through TANF, Voc. Rehab, Juvenile Justice, Housing Authorities or with federal workforce training and Community Development Block Grant funds targeting local communities and low to-moderate income individuals.
The urban landscape in America offers few, if any true economic opportunities presently to counteract the scourge of neighborhood crime, particularly those that involve drug sales, homicide and more violent person crimes of robbery and home invasions.
Most businesses in these urban neighborhoods are either small sole proprietorship’s or family partnerships, therefore they cannot afford to hire additional staff in many cases. Our programs provides enterprising youth and adults with alternatives and the freedom to work when they please and earn not just minimum wage, but a wage directly related to the amount of work they are willing to put in.
Activities provide a year-round opportunity to learn and master the skills of on/offline marketing, interactive web design, video production/promotion, public relations and salesmanship; as well as a chance to earn a little money through the sales of various products and services in-demand.