"The future is being written in code." Van Jones, TIME.com
The tech industry is booming. Yet not everyone is equally benefiting. Recent media coverage has revealed the significant lack of diversity in the technology workforce. The giants of Silicon Valley are now turning to initiatives like #YesWeCode for solutions.
Led by Van Jones, #YesWeCode is supported by Facebook, Google, the Ford Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Essence Magazine and the musical artist Prince. #YesWeCode aims to help train and prep 100,000 low-opportunity, high-potential youth for careers in the technology sector. And considering that nearly one million tech jobs are predicted to go unfilled by 2020, both employers and communities are looking to develop solutions.
Northern California Grantmakers, Marin Community Foundation and Rebuild the Dream invite you to an in-depth conversation with Van Jones and other movement leaders to explore Tech's diversity problem and how #YesWeCode endeavors to address it. Learn about innovative workforce development programs and meet the tech company leaders and educators who are joining forces to build a robust job-training pipeline. Speakers will provide a detailed overview of the existing landscape and will lead a discussion of what is needed to connect youth of color genius with Silicon Valley. As Van reminds us, "Black and brown youth can do more than download apps. We win when they start uploading apps."
Van Jones, President of Rebuild The Dream—as seen on CNN Crossfire
Zakiya Harris, Hack the Hood
Maxine Williams, Facebook