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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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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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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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Why I Give Wednesday: MEDA Volunteer and Future Mission Techie Bianca Martinez

To celebrate this season of giving and thankfulness, every Wednesday we will showcase staff, Board members, volunteers and clients telling what this Mission District, San Francisco nonprofit brings to their lives. I first learned about MEDA from my mother when she went to get help with filing her taxes for free. My sister joined the Mission Techies program…

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MEDA October 2015 Volunteer of the Month: David Rust-Smith

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: David Rust-Smith Program: Workforce Development (Mission Techies programs mentor) Why did you…

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Labor Day Client Success Story: Mission Techie Edwin Gonzales Thriving in Tech World after One Year

Many times it takes work to find work. This was especially true for Edwin Gonzales, who as a 20-year-old left behind his native El Salvador in search of a better life in the U.S. The young man dreamed of transforming his lifelong passion for computers into a job in the tech sector, but he was…

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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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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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Young Adult Graduates Celebrate with MEDA

Plaza Adelante was filled with youthful enthusiasm yesterday, as 10 Young Adult program graduates celebrated the successful completion of their courses. The families of clients, MEDA staff and community members were on hand to applaud the achievements of these latest cohorts. MEDA’s free programs are aimed at young adults from underserved communities, offering a path…

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