DC daily roundup: Supporting better youth tech use; Capitol rioter’s digital militia organizing; fka Raytheon’s discrimination suit

Plus MoCo cuts its virtual academy.

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Fresh fund$ for healthier teen tech use

As teens spend more time online, Young Futures aims to bolster organizations helping young people have healthier relationships with technology — and with one another.

Ten organizations out of over 200 applicants from across the US were selected to be part of this new cohort developed by the nonprofit. Throughout the program, its members will learn more about accounting, legal processes and storytelling while receiving one-on-one mentoring.

“We’re not just funding, we’re providing this capacity support to help them develop as leaders and get to where they want to go,” said Young Futures’ founding executive director Katya Hancock.

➡️ Read more about the cohort in my latest report here.

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The firm’s attorneys help startups get established, build and maintain a workforce, connect to financing sources and strategic partners, protect their assets and grow into market leaders. They also advise venture capital funds on financing and exit transactions, from assessment and due diligence through closing and post-closing. Plus, they write interesting guest posts!

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News Incubator: What else to know today

• A Jan. 6 rioter is using encrypted messaging channels from prison to develop armed militias across the country. The groups, which operate on the platform Telegram, already have 20,000 members, according to Edward “Jake” Lang. [Wired]

• After plans to move the Capitals and Wizards from DC to Alexandria collapsed in March, Monumental Sports & Entertainment CEO Ted Leonsis recently spoke about lessons learned and his future plans. [Washingtonian]

• The Montgomery County school district is set to cut its virtual academy, which was developed during the pandemic, per the unanimously approved budget. [Washington Post]

• The DMV bagel shop chain Call Your Mother may have to close its Georgetown location due to zoning issues and fed-up neighbors. [Axios]

• The Arlington-based aerospace and defense firm RTX Corporation, formerly known as Raytheon Technologies Corporation, is being sued for age discrimination. [Washington Biz Journal]

🗓️ On the Calendar

• Tech for Climate Action is hosting an AI & Sustainability Summit on June 13. [Details here]

• Public Knowledge hosts a day-long conference exploring emerging tech and the public good on June 14. [Details here]

• The second annual Black Commerce: The Future of Entrepreneurship conference will take place between June 19 and 22 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. It will feature several workshops and panels, as well as a resource fair. [Details here]

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