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MEDA Free Mission Techies Program Creating a Pipeline for Diversity in Tech

Graduates: 138 out of 154 (a 90 percent rate). Working in tech jobs: 74. Gone on to post-secondary education: 49. Those are the powerful numbers of MEDA’s free Mission Techies program since its pilot just three years ago. It’s a program positioned to scale up. MEDA initially received a grant from San Francisco’s Office of…

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Microsoft’s Miguel Juárez López Volunteers with Mission Techies as Part of Worldwide “Hour of Code”

Dec. 5 to 11 is Computer Science Education Week. The goal: to share an “Hour of Code” in middle and high schools as part of a global event held in 192 countries. Knowing that coding skills can launch a great career in tech, Corporate Citizenship and Philanthropy’s Thea Smith Nilsson brought Microsofties volunteer Miguel Juárez López…

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MEDA October 2016 Volunteer of the Month: Jessie Rubalcava

Each month, the Mission Economic Development Agency honors one of its dedicated volunteers — the people who are an integral part of MEDA’s ability to provide free services to low- and moderate-income Bay Area residents. Thanks to all of the selfless MEDA volunteers who choose Plaza Adelante as their second home.  Name: Jessie Rubalcava Program: Workforce Development/Mission Techies Intern Why…

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Mission Techies Take a Shine to FiveStars’ Support

Last Thursday, a packed room of proud family, friends, partner agencies and MEDA staff joined to celebrate the graduation of the summer 2016 cohort of Mission Techies. The Mission Techies program – part of MEDA’s free Workforce Development – teaches IT essentials of hardware, software, networking and coding. Attendees also celebrated an innovative social enterprise model…

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Abraham Velazquez of Dropbox Drops in to MEDA to Teach Mission Techies Web Skills

Abraham Velazquez’ immigrant mother couldn’t afford to buy her teenage son the computer he coveted. So she offered some maternal advice: mow lawns and save up enough money for such a purchase. The result was one-too-many sweltering days in the summer heat of Chicago leading to the buying of a basic PC, with Velazquez’ adolescent…

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Letter from House of Representatives’ Jackie Speier Regarding MEDA’s Mission Techies Program

  MEDA’s twelve-week Mission Techies program – part of MEDA’s free Workforce Development – teaches IT essentials of hardware, software, networking and coding. As participants learn these skills, they then refurbish low-income Mission residents’ computers, at no cost. It’s a way of paying it forward via an innovative social enterprise model that is part of the…

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Mission Techies Get an “In”side Look at LinkedIn

“This is the best day of my life!” exclaimed 22-year-old Mission Techie Jessica Dean after speaking with an engineer at LinkedIn’s “Career Exposure Day.” Jessica continued by stating that she now knew for sure that coding was for her. It’s quite the invitation when LinkedIn for Good offers a visit to their downtown San Francisco…

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Mission Techies Spring into Action, Seeking Volunteer Instructors

Eunice arrived in San Francisco a week ago from El Salvador on a work permit. Sergio works in a restaurant and is changing his schedule so that he can get job training to jumpstart his IT career. Jose is a 24-year-old who knows time is running out on his learning tech skills. While these stories…

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MEDA January 2016 Volunteer of the Month: Emerson Quinoñez

Each month, the Mission Economic Development Agency honors one of its dedicated volunteers — the people who are an integral part of MEDA’s ability to provide free services to low- and moderate-income Bay Area residents. Thanks to all of the selfless MEDA volunteers who choose Plaza Adelante as their second home.  Name: Emerson Quiñonez Program: Workforce Development (Mission Techies) Why did…

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A “Bit” of Tech Synergy in the Mission

Sometimes you meet someone and immediately realize that your mission and core values are one in the same. That serendipitously occurred last summer between Mission Bit CEO Stevon Cook and MEDA Technology Training Coordinator Leo Sosa. Sosa had been invited to speak about MEDA’s free Mission Techies program to Mission Bit’s summer 2015 cohort. The venue…

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