I'm Madeira from Union City California.
I got introduced to Hack the Hood from a roommate who was at First Place for Youth, and he was just like 'there's this opportunity where you can learn to build websites and get a free Chromebook and get some money' and I was just like, 'what is this place called?'
I've been through various programs throughout Hack the Hood and each time I go through a program, it's just a step up. Technology has been a real big part of that.
Being a part of that community and just knowing that you can do what you want to do, you just need to put your mind to it- that really inspires them and you can really tell that from the youth.
Some youth have been able to get other job opportunities through Hack the Hood. Some have gotten scholarships. There's one youth, Abel, he got to go to the White House. He started a club in high school. I mean, the list just goes on. Hack the Hood really changes the outcome of people who have put their mind to being part of the tech circle. Hack the Hood is a place where you can learn hard skills, soft skills, and be introduced to a whole wide range of things as far as networking and how to brand yourself and becoming an entrepreneur. Hack the Hood can really open doors that youth don't even realize have have the talent in doing.