Hack the Hood: Preparing Low-Income Youth for Tech Careers
Hack the Hood is a youth development program and an economic development program. They introduce low-income youth to tech careers by training them to build websites for small businesses in their communities.
Hack the Hood provides technical training in high in-demand multimedia and tech skills to youth who will then apply their learning through real-world consulting projects with locally-owned businesses and non-profits. During sprints that are 6-weeks long, low-income youth gain hands-on training and experience executing search engine optimization; building mobile friendly, responsive web sites using template software; and getting clients listed in local maps and directories. Youth also learn transferable leadership, entrepreneurship, and life skills under the direction of experienced trainers from Center for Media Change/Oakland Local, United Roots and HUB Oakland.
At Hack the Hood's 6 week Summer Bootcamp, some of what youth learn include:
- How to build a website
- How to make sure your website shows up on Search Engines (Search Engine Optimization)
- How to get a business listed online (Like Google Places, Yelp, Urban Spoon, etc)
- How to find out who's looking at your website
- How to promote businesses with Social Media
- Customer Service
- Project Management
- Time Management
- Job Search and Resume writing
- Communication skills
- Problem Solving"
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