Employment, Job Related

CENTER FOR MEDIA CHANGE INC

  • Oakland, CA
  • http://hackthehood.org

Mission Statement

Hack the Hood's mission is to empower low-income youth of color with the knowledge, skills, and relationships they need to pursue careers in tech. By offering mentorship, culturally-relevant knowledge and 21st century skills, we believe youth can become creators of change in their communities.

Through our six-week bootcamp, youth learn to build websites for local small business clients. Through our year-round Alumni Membership Program, youth get ongoing case management, career coaching, peer community, further professional and technical training, and networking support.

To date, Hack the Hood bootcamps and workshops have trained over 250 youth to build websites for over 500 small local businesses.

Main Programs

  1. Hack the Hood Bootcamp
  2. Membership Program
  3. Hack the Hood Tech Fellowship
  4. Train the Trainer & Network Support
Service Areas

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California

We fund meaningful independent reporting, community voices and media and news literacy training for community organizations.

ruling year

2007

CEO and Co-Founder since 2011

Self-reported

Ms. Susan Mernit

Keywords

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Journalism, Community funded reporting, digital divide, hyperlocal, open source, platform, New Media, Online

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Also Known As

Hack the Hood, Oakland Local

EIN

68-0632366

 Number

1448687059

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Employment Training (J22)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Hack the Hood Bootcamp

This 6-week, 168-hour intensive experience mimics the work environment of a small web design firm where cohorts of 20 youth design and build websites for small business clients from their own community. In addition to hands-on learning, youth develop an online portfolio and LinkedIn profile, undergo 40 hours of technical, marketing, and soft skills workshops; develop their portfolio; start career planning; gain access to guest speakers and field trips to companies like Google and Facebook; and meet professionals in the field.

Category

Employment

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Young Adults (20-25 years)

Budget

Program 2

Membership Program

This year-round program for bootcamp graduates includes advanced skills workshops, career coaching, group and individual learning projects, networking and career exposure events, and placement in jobs, internships, higher education, and vocational training programs.

Category

Employment

Population(s) Served

Young Adults (20-25 years)

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Program 3

Hack the Hood Tech Fellowship

Hack the Hood provides service learning and leadership development opportunities for diverse young technology professionals at the beginning of their career. Technical Fellows spend 5 months with Hack the Hood as a cohort, learning, teaching, and helping shape the curriculum. Fellows train together, then are placed at Hack the Hood partner sites as bootcamp instructors, where they teach web development and coding skills to low-income youth of color.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Young Adults (20-25 years)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

Program 4

Train the Trainer & Network Support

In addition to direct service, Hack the Hood trains and supports other non-profits to replicate Hack the Hood in their community. We offer these partners curriculum and tools, Instructor training, marketing and funding support, instructor recruitment support, mentor training and recruitment, field trip coordination, evaluation services, a community of practitioners and more.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Budget

Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Through our work, we seek to impact youth's:
    1) Mastery of skills
    2) Success in a professional production environment
    3) Development of confidence and efficacy of control (ability to change and affect your life circumstances through your own actions), including goal-setting
    4) Continuance/persistence in education and training
    5) Increase in hourly wages, in freelance, contract, and full-time and part-time work, especially against the goal of young people making $18-22 an hour or more
    6) Navigational capital, ability to network and navigate the tech ecosystem
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We use the following strategies:

    1) Real-world, project-based learning - in our bootcamps, youth build actual websites for small business owners in their community.

    2) Culturally-competent curriculum and staff

    3) Career Exposure- we introduce youth to tech professionals working at top tech companies, as well as taking youth to company campuses so they can witness first hand the work environment.

    4) Coaching and Career Development

    5) Case Management
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Not available.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Not available.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Not available.
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

We fund meaningful independent reporting, community voices and media and news literacy training for community organizations.

Funding Needs

We have need for general operating costs and costs associated with scaling our work, including: strategic planning, marketing, fundraising, HR, technology and infrastructure.

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Center for Media Change, Inc.
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
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Operations

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Leadership

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CEO and Co-Founder

Ms. Susan Mernit

BIO

Hack the Hood CEO and co-founder, Susan Mernit is a former VP at AOL & Netscape, & a former! Yahoo Senior Director of Product and Revenue Optimization. A pioneering woman in tech, Mernit was consulting program manager for The Knight News Challenge, 2008-09; a 2012 Stanford Carlos McClatchy Fellow; and a circuit rider for The Knight Foundation's Community Information Challenge program. She was the founding editor of NJ.com, and of The Yuckiest Site on the Internet, and In her corporate life, worked for Netscape, AOL, Advance Internet, and PRI. Mernit learned a lot as a TechStars 2008 start up investment, and remains an entrepreneur. She co-founded Oakland Local, a news hub for Oakland, CA and Live Work Oakland, a tech & business innovation news site, before focusing on #techinclusion.

Mernit is also a nationally recognized trainer and curriculum developer in the areas of web metrics, social media marketing and civic engagement, and making free web services accessible to residents in underserved communities. She has been developing curriculum since 1998, and created a program in New York in 2000 at Erasmus High School in Brooklyn, NYC and West High School in New York that taught skills to high school students that was replicated across the city for 3 years. In 2011, she launched Code for Oakland (codeforoakland.org), a one-day tech event focused on building apps to serve Oakland community and is a member of TechEquity, an Oakland techequity group.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms Lisa Williams

WBUR

Term: Jan 2011 - Jan 2018

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