Phone2Action to fund new civic tech program for disadvantaged DC youth - Technical.ly DC

Access

Aug. 5, 2015 12:47 pm

Phone2Action to fund new civic tech program for disadvantaged DC youth

The initiative was announced at the first-ever White House Demo Day.

Kids learn origami on YouTube at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington in November.

(Photo by Lalita Clozel)

Phone2Action has announced it will launch a $250,000 fund to educate local youth in civic technology.

The WeWork Chinatown-based mobile campaigning app made the pledge in coordination with the first-ever Demo Day held at the White House on Tuesday.

The program will allow several 16- to 22-year-olds, particularly those who have dropped out of their school or job track but have demonstrated an interest in technology to be trained in areas like open government, communications and civic engagement.

“In order to reach the kids who need it the most we need to pick them at school age,” said Phone2Action cofounder Ximena Hartsock, a former D.C. elementary principal and D.C. Public Schools official. “We can’t wait for them to come to us.”

The 12-month program will begin each year in September. Classes will be held in Chinatown and Anacostia, as well as virtually.

Hartsock said the decision to invest in this multi-year fund was also sound business strategy.

“When you try to hire talent you get very low numbers of applicants from the D.C. area,” she said. “We need to strengthen that pipeline and we need to do it locally.”
Companies: Phone2Action
-30-
JOIN THE COMMUNITY, BECOME A MEMBER
Already a member? Sign in here

Advertisement

Byte Back and Sorcero are teaming up to integrate AI into tech classrooms

The Flatiron School launches a new financing option for its DC campus

Flatiron School and SeatGeek are partnering to offer women in tech $200K in scholarships funds

SPONSORED

DC

Building a data acquisition system? Don’t make this mistake

Washington DC

The Washington Post

Back End Developer/ Engineer – Arc Engineering

Apply Now
Washington, DC

Upside Business Travel

Full Stack Engineer

Apply Now
Washington, DC

Nava

Infrastructure Engineer (DC, SF, NYC)

Apply Now

These DC-area middle schools are getting a tech upgrade from Verizon

Online and tech-supported giving to schools up 27 percent in 2018, GiveCampus finds

Northern Virginia Community College becomes center for cybersecurity training

SPONSORED

DC

This fast-growing SaaS company aims to be a force for change in the energy industry

DC

GIVE CAMPUS

Full Stack Engineer

Apply Now
DC

rooam

Sales Account Executive

Apply Now
Baltimore, MD 21201

14 West

Senior Software Engineer (Java + Apache Spark)

Apply Now

Sign-up for daily news updates from Technical.ly Dc

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!