At KellyMitchell, we have spent the last few weeks learning and listening to the people of color in our communities. In light of this reflection, we decided to use this edition of our Friday Favorites to highlight some of the incredible non-profits who are working to increase diversity in the tech industry. As an IT organization ourselves, we wanted to take a hard look at our industry to understand the challenges we are facing and educate ourselves on the resources out there who are doing the work to resolve those issues. Our goal is to highlight and support these organizations as we continue to grow in our awareness.
NPower– NPower offers tuition-free programs to create pathways for military veterans and young adults from underserved communities to launch their digital careers. The organization is currently focusing its efforts in New York, Texas, California, Maryland, Toronto, New Jersey, Missouri, and Michigan and has an 80% success rate of alumni either finding a job or continuing their education. NPower is also considered a Four Star Charity by Charity Navigator.
All Star Code– All Star Code is a nonprofit computer science education organization focused on making sure young Black and Latino men in NYC, Jersey City, and Pittsburgh have access to the tools for careers in the innovation economy. Their flagship program is a six-week coding bootcamp which also includes food, transportation, and a laptop to every student. All Star Code’s ultimate goal is to close the wealth, income, and opportunity gaps.
Black Girls Code– Black Girls Code’s mission is to increase the number of women of color in the digital space by empowering girls of color ages 7 to 17 to become innovators in STEM fields, leaders in their communities, and builders of their own futures by giving them exposure to computer science and technology. Their goal is to train 1 million girls by 2040 to bridge the digital divide.
/dev/color– /dev/color believes the world is a better place when we get the most out of each individual which is why their goal is to help Black software engineers into leaders in their industries. The organization offers career roadmaps, both virtual and in-person networking events, and engaged peer groups to help software engineers living in New York City, Seattle, Atlanta, and the San Francisco Bay Area develop professionally.
Code2040– The mission of Code2040 is to activate, connect, and mobilize the largest racial equity community in tech to dismantle the structural barriers that prevent the full participation and leadership of Black and Latinx people in the innovation economy. Through events, trainings and knowledge sharing they are helping Black and Latinx technologists and their allies advocate for racial equality in the tech industry.
Advancing Women in Product- AWIP was founded in 2017 to address the gaps they saw in tech management roles that were filled by women and other underrepresented groups. They believe that by increasing targeted skills-based training as well as executive mentorship these gaps can begin to be closed. Ultimately, by doing so, AWIP works to empower women and other underrepresented groups to advance their careers to become product and technical leaders.