Streetcode Academy

Innovation For Everyone

E PALO ALTO, CA   |  www.streetcode.org

Mission

In response to the need for deeper investment in the community of color, StreetCode Academy acts as a bridge between Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) and the technology they need to thrive in a digital age. Our mission is to empower communities of color to achieve their full potential by introducing the skills, mindsets, and networks needed to embrace tech and innovation. We seek to realize a world where the digital divide is closed, catalyzing a diverse tech sector that is better able to solve problems.

Ruling year info

2017

CEO

Olatunde Sobomehin

Main address

PO Box 51867

E PALO ALTO, CA 94303 USA

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EIN

81-4041822

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Our programs

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Mindset

Shifting the way that learners perceive technology and their relationship to it makes working in tech or becoming an innovator feel like an attainable dream. This mindset shift is partly achieved by providing models of success with teachers and mentors who come from the community and are demographically representative of its underserved members. Mindset is also impacted by the demystification of the tech world that comes with learning and using tech-industry vocabulary.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
People of African descent
Indigenous peoples
People of Latin American descent

Building the confidence to learn and use new technology is the first rung on the ladder toward tech literacy and advancement. For adult learners, developing basic tech skills can provide a pathway to improved employment opportunities and an advantage as an applicant. For youth seeking entry to the tech world, acquiring relevant, marketable skills is a way to gain entry to the type of jobs they seek.

Population(s) Served

In addition to lacking culturally relevant models for success in the tech industry, within the community of color, there is also a lack of network connecting them to the industry. StreetCode initially facilitates the relationships between peers, mentors, and lead teachers. This in turn teaches participants how to communicate with people in tech, tech companies, and the tech community. Ultimately, by the time we begin making connections to industry professionals, participants are ready to actively engage and take advantage of their growing network.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Indigenous peoples
People of African descent
People of Latin American descent
Adults
Children and youth
Indigenous peoples
People of African descent
People of Latin American descent

Where we work

Awards

California Nonprofit of the Year 2021

California Association of Nonprofits

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of classes offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Indigenous peoples, People of African descent, People of Latin American descent

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of free registrants to classes

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Indigenous peoples, People of African descent, People of Latin American descent

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Indigenous peoples, People of African descent, People of Latin American descent

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We launched our Level Up free laptop rental program in 2020 in response to the COVID crisis when the need to be online was greater than ever before.

Number of meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Indigenous peoples, People of African descent, People of Latin American descent

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Through a partner nonprofit, Onyxx Village Connection

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

A recent study led by Professor of Economics Raj Chetty at Stanford University showed that women and people of color are much less likely to grow up to be innovators than their white, affluent, male counterparts. This research indicates that the disparity is not due to lack of talent or aptitude, but rather a lack of exposure to relevant role models and networks.

Culturally relevant programming—delivered by members of the community who are reflective of the population—is powerful for under-resourced communities. Simply put, representation matters, and engaging youth and their families with familiar and relevant experiences increases the buy-in that leads to successful outcomes. For example, many youths view the music and entertainment industry as their best chance to break free from the cycles of poverty that plague their communities. By leveraging this and other motivating factors, digitally-focused youth programs can build bridges between tech and entertainment culture, inspiring them to unlock the skill sets and academic achievements they need to access successful lives.

In response to the need for deeper investment in the community of color, StreetCode Academy acts as a bridge between Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) and the technology they need to thrive in a digital age. Our mission is to empower communities of color to achieve their full potential by introducing the skills, mindsets, and networks needed to embrace tech and innovation. We seek to realize a world where the digital divide is closed, catalyzing a diverse tech sector that is better able to solve global problems.

Overall, we seek to raise expectations, build understanding, and provide simple strategies and consistent support to put BIPOC learners onto sustainable paths to success in this digital age. We do this through programs that support our participants’ creative and technical processes, build digital literacy, and shift mindset while reinforcing the learning of core skills.

StreetCode Academy develops, tests, and continually refines a scaffolding of programming that creates a pipeline both to and from our communities and the tech sector. Through a blend of in-depth workshops for both youth and adults, curriculum and software development, and distribution of critical technology equipment, we Shape Mindsets, Build Skills, and Increase Access in the following ways:

• Mindset Shifts are driven by participation in culturally relevant learning experiences that empower communities to see themselves in the technology that they consume and prepare them to play a role in the tech world.

• Building Skills begins with distributing critical tech resources to underserved communities who lack digital tools, then providing digital literacy education to help them leverage those tools to gain experiences and skills needed to improve their outcomes.

•Creating Access to peers, mentors, and lead technology teachers paves the way for individuals to comfortably interact with and take advantage of introduction to networks within the tech world.

StreetCode Academy has been serving free tech classes in East Palo Alto since 2016. The organization acts as a bridge between communities of color and the technology they need to thrive in a digital age. Our mission is to empower communities of color to achieve their full potential by introducing the skills, mindsets, and networks needed to embrace tech and innovation. We seek to realize a world where the digital divide is closed, catalyzing a diverse tech sector that is better able to solve global problems.We have reached over 7,500 community members through our student showcases, partnering with other nonprofits, and quarterly programming. We are on track to reach 100% of EPA, and are excited to continue the work through online learning. To facilitate this growth, we have expanded our team, bringing on four additional full time team members across various departments. This has expanded our capacity to be able to serve more students than we have in previous years.

By the end of this year (2021), we achieved the following:
59 classes taught
3,066 students served
Provided Tech Support Access to 2,500 families in Redwood City School District
Distributed 1000+ Computers

Looking ahead to 2022, we plan to continue bringing on additional team members across various teams that will allow us to grow our capacity even more. This will enable us to grow our program offerings and further expand our reach. To that end, we also hope to pursue a hybrid programming model. By offering both online courses and in-person courses, we want to be able to reach students wherever they are, whether or not they are in our local area.

Financials

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Streetcode Academy

Board of directors
as of 1/26/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Theresa Johnson

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Howard Wright

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Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/25/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male

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