All lives can't matter until black ones do. This week (and the weeks that come) are not "business as usual" at America On Tech (AOT). In full transparency, it has taken us a few days to write this post because the words to describe the way we feel at the moment are not easy to articulate. We have been attending virtual and community gatherings as part of our own grieving process.
This spring, students in America On Tech’s TECH360 program learned the fundamentals of web design and development from volunteer instructors and software engineers working at technology companies based in NYC. Over the course of 10 weeks, students learned the basics of HTML and CSS, developed their professional skill sets, and explored industry aligned coding tools. For the final project, students were placed in teams of 2-4 and provided a mock small business client brief, along with mini lessons about being a technology consultant and pitching/presenting an idea or project. Students developed a website according to their mock small business client brief and each cohort had its own competition to determine a winner. Today we are featuring those winners in our blog!
Congratulations to our student, Alexis Loveraz, was recently featured on CBS New York for his work as a TikTok Math Tutor. Alexis has accumulated a following of more than 600K followers and 5.1 milion likes on TikTok.
"After friends encouraged him to post tips on algebra, geometry and chemistry on the video-sharing platform, he’s become a go-to source for students stuck in their homes, remote learning." (CBS NewYork)
Alexis is a junior at Harlem Prep High School. He is a recent graduate of our Tech Flex Leaders Program. He is a star student who has made meaningful contributions both in and out of the classroom. We want to send him a big congratulations!
Read more about Alexis on CBS here and follow him on TikTok!
America On Tech Announces Its Instagram Lives Series #AOTLIVE Featuring Tech Founders and Professionals
A few weeks ago we released some information to you all about our transition to working in a remote learning environment. Since then, we’ve been developing more resources to keep our students engaged in robust technology career development and exposure. Today we are proud to announce the launch of America On Tech's #AOTLive series - a free Instagram Live chat series featuring technology founders and professionals who will provide insight into trending technology topics.
On Tuesday, April 7, 2020 we learned about the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development’s (DYCD) decision around canceling its 2020 Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), as well as its Ladders for Leaders program. The news devastated our organization and its supporters, as we could not fathom the effect this would have on the young people of New York City who gain access to critical employment opportunities through this resource.
Since 2014, America On Tech (AOT) has had the distinct pleasure of bringing tuition free technology courses to the young people of New York and Los Angeles. These courses provide critical and in-demand technology skills and professional development sessions to 16-24 year old students of color, who are from low to moderate income communities. Not only do our students obtain high quality technology training, they also have opportunities to apply for our paid summer internship program, jobs in our employer partner network and receive exclusive opportunities as part of our alumni engagement portfolio. AOT students are amazing, talented and represent the future of innovation in our country and we cannot express how thankful we are to work with them everyday.
On February 27, 2020, America On Tech (AOT) partnered with NBCUniversal to host a Technology Career Day for STEM Prep Schools and Alliance Marine - Innovation & Technology students. This career day focused on giving the students an insight on technology careers at NBCUniversal. Additionally, the students heard directly from a panel of NBCUniversal technology volunteers, engaged in a speed networking session and participated in the world famous NBCU Studio Tour.
Click the image above to see AOT student, Alvin King, presenting a draft of his class project via Zoom. He is currently developing a website that will help a fictional teacher named Carmen generate random advice using the Advice API.
America On Tech (AOT) coordinates career days for its students at leading companies and organizations to provide students with the necessary industry exposure they need to be successful in degrees and careers in technology. AOT partnered with Capital One to host a technology and finance career day for Computer Science Education Week.
Applications for the Spring 2020 TECH360 program with America On Tech are now open to New York City high school sophomores and juniors. Students can apply directly online by January 16, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EST.