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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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MEDA Client Pays Tribute to LinkedIn Employee’s Guidance on “Thank Your Mentor Day”

Awesome. Easygoing. A great teacher. This is how Elijah Toluao describes his mentor, Ian Lindsay. Elijah, of San Francisco’s Potrero Hill, is a graduate of the spring 2014 cohort of Mission Techies, a free program at MEDA that puts 17- to 24-year-olds on the path to a career in tech. Elijah originally heard about the…

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MEDA August 2015 Volunteer of the Month: Cesia Edith Valenzuela Velazquez

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: Cesia Edith Valenzuela Velazquez Program: Workforce Development…

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Mission Techies Visit DoubleDutch and Gain Twice the Insight

John’s family has a long history in the Mission: his grandparents lived in the neighborhood, where John went to school and now works. Andrew is first generation Vietnamese-American, having grown up in the Tenderloin, where as a youngster he whiled away the hours in front of his computer in what was then a much tougher…

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In Her Own Words: Jennifer Martínez, Mission Techies

Through my time at the Mission Techies program, I was able to greatly expand my knowledge regarding technology. Before coming to MEDA, I knew very little about technology and would have a mini-freakout moment whenever our home technology would have problems because I didn’t know what to do. Through this free program, I believe I am…

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Youth Jobs+ A Win for the Community this Summer

Ana is at Yerba Buena Alliance planning an event for 2,500 attendees. Demetrios is at Luminalt soaking up knowledge at this solar panel company. Christian spends his summer days surfing, as in gaining web marketing expertise at ROI-DNA. Yes, summer 2015 means getting much-needed employment experience. This contrasts the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of…

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MEDA’s Mission Techies Young Adult Program Bridging Diversity Gap in Tech

As this morning’s sun shone through the window of Mission resident Ana Avilez’ cramped, one bedroom San Francisco apartment she shares with five other family members, the space seemed to be a little brighter than usual. That’s because the 24-year-old has successfully completed MEDA’s free Mission Techies program for young adults, with the promise of…

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Client Success Story: MEDA Young Adult Client Ron Chong on the Path to an IT Career

At 24, San Francisco resident Ron Chong was seeking an entry point to the region’s booming tech sector. Having attended numerous tech conferences over the past five years, the young adult knew this was the place for him, as he had always had an interest in the digital world. Ron started his journey with a…

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LinkedIn Invites in MEDA’s Mission Techies

Ramiro Quezada wants only the best for his family. With an infant daughter now part of his clan, Ramiro (photo, right) was compelled to take his passion for computers from avocation to vocation, with the goal of being part of the Bay Area’s booming tech sector. That’s why he walked through the welcoming doors of…

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Labor Day Story: MEDA Client Edwin Gonzales Hired at Tech Company

As Labor Day 2014 is upon us, MEDA wants to celebrate a true employment success story: that of Edwin Gonzales (photo left), who came to the U.S. from El Salvador just four years ago with the goal of seeking better opportunities. Edwin’s life has sure changed since the first day over a year ago when…

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