America On Tech (AOT) is excited to announce that this summer it is partnering with Nike to bring in-demand tech skills to 50 East Brooklyn students this summer through 2, three-week camps!
The camps are a 4 day a week/ 3 week program in web design and web development. Throughout the program students can expect to learn industry-aligned technical and professional skills. By the end of the program, they will have demonstrated mastery of HTML, CSS, and Bootstrap and will have worked in a team to create and present a final website during the end-of-program Demo Day competition. Each week will kick off with a technologist guest speaker and during Weeks 1 and 2, students will attend a Career Day with employees from tech companies. All sessions will be hosted via Zoom and students who successfully complete the program will receive a $750 stipend. The entire 2021 technology camp will operate virtually.
COVID-19 has had a disproportionate effect on our students and the communities they represent. Particularly in Brooklyn, the number of COVID-19 cases has been massive in comparison to other cities. Many of AOT’s students and their families have experienced high levels of economic stress during this time due to reduced hours and lost wages. Further, rates of infection were higher for low income communities, where there are a higher percentage of people of color: AOT's students' communities.
“We are very excited to be working with Nike to bring opportunities to students this summer. As founders of America On Tech (AOT), we are passionate about making sure that students have the opportunities to succeed in 21st century careers. Technology skills are in-demand and we know that this partnership is a vehicle to ensure racial and economic justice for East Brooklyn youth in the tech sector.” - Jessica Santana and Evin Robinson, America On Tech
Earlier this year, as part of NIKE, Inc.’s Black Community Commitment, Nike awarded America on Tech $50,000 to support our virtual tech programs for East New York and Brownsville students this year. While Nike is known for their apparel and sneakers, they’re focused on technology to fuel their continued business success and recognize how important technological skills are to the future workforce – both at Nike and beyond. Our partnership will engage several Nike technology and employees throughout the camp as speakers, panelists and presenters. Nike employees will also serve as judges during our competition and have the opportunity to interact and mentor students along the way.
About America On Tech
America On Tech (AOT) is an award-winning nonprofit organization on a mission to prepare the next generation of technology leaders in order to decrease the economic and racial wealth gap in underestimated communities. AOT's work has received national media attention in Forbes, CNN, TechCrunch and other publications for its resounding success in developing diverse tech talent pipelines.
Learn more: https://americaontech.org
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