How many Software Engineers from East Oakland do you know?
Many young people in communities like Oakland grow up without realizing that they can become software engineers – whether that’s to solve problems meaningful to them or to become financially stable and support their family out of poverty.
That was my story. I grew up and attended public schools in the Fruitvale District in East Oakland, 15 minutes away from the thriving San Francisco Tech Industry – yet, I was oblivious to it. It was almost by luck that at 15 years old, I stumbled into a weekend-long coding workshop, but I fell in love with the power that coding gave me. I re-created a Rock, Paper, Scissors game on the command line, and I fell in love, and wanted more! That first exposure to coding was enough to realize that software engineers are real, and that I wanted to become a software engineer.
My determination to become a software engineer led me to learn to code by any means neccesary.
– from attending Hack the Hood's Summer Bootcamp in 2015, and kickstarting my journey
– to starting ARISE's first coding club through Hack Club and learning to code with my peers, getting up to 10% of students involved
– and commuting four hours a week to San Francisco to attend my first semsester long, project based coding courses through Mission Bit
– upon graduating from ARISE, I co-taught the first web/game development after school class with Mission Bit
– I resorted to fundraising and applying for scholarships in order to attend summer coding academies and my coding bootcamp
I did all of this because after a first exposure to coding, I realized that coding was for me, and I was hungry for the opportunity to learn. This route took me four years of continous efforts, and provided the skill set to for an entry level software engineering opportunity in the Silicon Valley at 19 years old.
Disenfranchised Black and Latinx students should not have to jump through additional hoops while juggling a regular academic courseload to obtain a coding education.
The goal: is to equip upto 25 students at ARISE High School with a Front End Web Development skill set, and a Treehouse Techdegree.
Students will have the opportunity to dive into Front End Web Development as an elective.
That's amazing!!! Why Treehouse Techdegree?
The Front End Web Development Techdegree from Treehouse will provide students with:
– A guided learning path using project based learning methodologies
– A portfolio of web applications students are building along the way, and a capstone project
– An Online Learning Community with specialists and weekly office hours
The impact opportunity:
The Treehouse Techdegree program has proven to take talent from no coding skills to entry level coding positions at top companies. This means that your investment in a student can make a world of a difference – allowing these young people to lift themselves out of poverty and generate multi-generational wealth for their community. How amazing!!!
How your donation will be used:
GOAL 1: Raise $33,000 for 20 Students
- Will be sufficient to provide 20 student seats with 10 month access to the Treehouse Techdegree program
- Approximately, $700 will remain after paying for 20 student seats and would be held as a buffer in case of technical/equipment emergencies.
GOAL 2: Raise $41,000 for 25 Students
- Will be sufficient to provide 25 student seats with 10 month access to the Treehouse Techdegree program
- Approximately, $700 will remain after paying for 25 student seats and would be held as a buffer in case of technical/equipment emergencies.
I love it! How can I help?
I am glad you asked! There are a few ways to support:
1. Spread the word! Share this campaign with your friends, network and anyone who you think that wants to see Oakland youth thrive in the Tech Industry! 📲
2. Invest in a student's program fees, whether you can support with $10 dollars, a student's fees ($1700), or even two students. 🚀
2. Using your company's charity matching program, donate any amount to ARISE High School (and send a confirmation receipt, so I can add it to this campaign). 💸
Lastly, if you want to support but do not see any suitable option listed above, please reach me personally at firstname.lastname@example.org