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Tech for All: “Get Connected!” Event in the Mission

Monica stopped by so that her youngster could take a digital storytelling workshop. Jorge wanted to learn how to look for work online. Middle-schooler Jasmine wanted to create her first mobile app. These were just three of the many Mission District residents that came to Everett Middle School last night for the seventh “Get Connected!” event. This jam-packed…

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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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USF Computer Donation to MEDA will Help Bridge the Digital Divide

It takes a big effort to bridge the digital divide in the low-income community. It takes a strategy for community outreach. It takes a team of staff and volunteers to teach the classes. It also takes computers. That’s why the recent in-kind donation of 50 PC desktops and two projectors from the University of San…

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“Get Connected!” Presented by Google Helps Mission Community

While most low-income Mission families know the need for being connected, they often don’t know how to get started. This is especially true of immigrants—newcomers to this country with myriad tech options from which to choose. That’s why the goal of today’s sixth “Get Connected!” event, held at MEDA’s Plaza Adelante, was to help parents…

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Unlocking Success with Five Keys Charter School at MEDA

Five Keys Charter School started as a way to help inmates obtain their GED. The San Francisco Sheriff’s Office wanted to provide education to inmates, so that they could be prepared for a good life once no longer incarcerated. The program later spread to organizations that were already serving the community. One of these nonprofits…

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“Get Connected!” Event Bridges Digital Divide in the Mission

“I need to understand technology so that I can help my child succeed in school,” explained Mission resident Miriam, who came with her eight-year-old daughter to a free Mission Promise Neighborhood technology event at MEDA’s Plaza Adelante today. Miriam was just one of many Mission residents who dropped by to take digital literacy classes taught by…

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Startup:Education SFUSD Pilot Program Already Showcasing Community Impact

Eric Mendez was ready to start his life anew. The young man came back to San Francisco after having paid his dues by being incarcerated for several years. One of the first things Eric noticed was that his five-year-old son was not doing well academically. This compelled Eric to immediately pursue full custody of the boy,…

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The Future of Latinos and Technology

Interview with Miguel A. Gamiño Jr., CPA Chief Information Officer (CIO), City & County of San Francisco (appointed 12/4/14) Executive Director of the Department of Technology Miguel A Gamiño Jr. provides strategic direction for San Francisco’s use of technology. He counsels Mayor Lee, the Board of Supervisors and city departments regarding opportunities to leverage technology to…

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The La TechLa Project: Teaching 1,000 Latina Girls to Code

Look around you and it won’t take long to see a young girl with her smartphone, busily texting her friend or reading the latest news about singer Katy Perry on the Internet. The challenge is to teach these 12- to 17-year-olds about the ways tech can enhance their future work lives, particularly when it comes…

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MEDA August 2014 Volunteer of the Month: Ann Hess, Technology Center

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: Ann Hess Program: Technology Center (Workforce Development) Why…

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