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Facebook Interns and Hispanics in Philanthropy Partner to Host the First Code and Impact Tech Summit for Youth of Color in the Bay Area
On Monday, August 5, 2015 HIPGive sponsored a tech training day for underrepresented Bay Area students from local YMCAs and Boys and Girls Clubs, who were given a chance to learn about computer science and basic coding at Facebook’s headquarters. Georgia Antonopoulos, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of the Coastside was thrilled to see “the youth walk into it saying ‘This isn’t for me – it will be too hard.’ And then see these same girls walk away saying ‘Maybe I can build a website one day.’”
Through HIP’s staff and Facebook’s software engineers, students learned how to leverage technology and crowdfunding to benefit and create change in their communities. Students participated in the Enlighten the World Challenge and developed innovative ideas to solve problems they care about, such as racism, gang violence, and homelessness. Said ninth grade student Yamilet Caballero-Haro, one of the winners of the challenge, “I really liked learning about HIPGive – it makes me want to help my community through crowdfunding websites. And I liked learning to code – I just wanted to do more – it went by too fast!”
Two Facebook interns, Hamza Choudery and Hamza Choudery , who are current college students, were humbled by the experience. “Coming from humble beginnings and being blessed with success, I feel an intrinsic desire to help others that are in the same boat I used to be in. I am fully confident that each and every student who attended the summit has the ability to change the world. The summit was a way of helping these students gain this same confidence and belief in themselves.” said Choudery. Alvarado Leon, a UC Berkeley Student, is excited to see where the youth will take their coding skills. “They impressed me and I know that many of them will continue coding the change and will be the future engineers of our world.”
Alexandra Aquino-Fike, Director of New Initiatives at HIP, expressed that this will be the first of many similar initiatives, and that HIP “looks forward to hosting some of the student’s dreams to engineer tomorrow’s technology on [the organization’s] very own crowdfunding platform — HIPGive.” Interviews will be available with Facebook interns, as well as staff member of Hispanics in Philanthropy, YMCA and the Boys and Girls club. Photos and videos from the tech summit will also be provided.
About Hispanics in Philanthropy:
HIP has a 31-year track record of investing in Latino leaders and organizations to build more prosperous and vibrant communities across the Americas. By partnering with foundations, corporations, and social entrepreneurs, HIP addresses the most pressing issues facing Latinos. Learn more about HIP here.
Developed by Hispanics in Philanthropy, HIPGive is a crowdfunding platform for projects and initiatives that strengthen and support the Latino community in the US and Latin America. HIPGive is a catalyst tool for Latino progress, connecting organizations and individuals invested in Latino causes. Learn more about HIPGive here.
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Alexandra Aquino-Fike – 415.223.8254 Director of New Initiatives, Hispanics in Philanthropy
Andrea Perez – 415.223.8262 HIPGive Project and Marketing Coordinator, Hispanics in Philanthropy
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