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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.

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" 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:

Technical Skills
  • 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
Employment Skills
  • Customer Service
  • Project Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Time Management
  • Job Search and Resume writing
  • Networking
Soft Skills
  • Communication skills
  • Professionalism
  • Problem Solving"

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