How Women in Tech are Transforming Philanthropy

Women in Tech are transforming philanthropy. HYPE Founder, Kristina Newton, joins a panel with leaders from Salesforce and Resilient Coders to talk about the collaboration between technology, nonprofits, women leadership, and philanthropy that leads to local and global impact. Newton was invited to offer her unique insights on the panel as 1 of 10 Black…

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HYPE Honored at Fourth Annual “Tech for All” Policy Conference, Day of Action co-hosted by Rep. Dar’shun Kendrick and Mayor Andre Dickens

This year’s Tech for All awards will be presented to the following individuals/categories: Kristina Newton, K-12 Early Support; Roshawnna Novellus, president/CEO of EnrichHER, Capital Formation & Growth Award; Valarie Mackey, Adult Education Award; Charles Robinson, Investments Award; Dane Bamburry, Cox Communications, Corporate Innovation Award; S. Gordon Moore Jr., Higher Education Award; Maxine Cain, Overall Ecosystem Building Award; and Hamid Arjmand, Workforce Development Award. 

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HYPE Rebrand RFP

Organization Summary Hope For Youth, Inc. (HYPE) is a thriving Atlanta-based nonprofit organization that is empowering historically underrepresented girls of color to become future leaders in tech! With dynamic leadership that supports personal & professional growth, a mission-driven culture that prioritizes quality programming engagement for our students and partners, an in-demand product leveraged for high…

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HYPE Founder, Kristina Newton, named Black Women Impact Leader by Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs One Million Black Women Announces 50 Recipients of Black Women Impact Grants to Scale Black Women-Led Nonprofits One Million Black Women is proud to invest $10 million through our Black Women Impact Grants, a multi-year grant program, scaling the efforts of nonprofits that are led by Black women and narrowing opportunity gaps at pivotal moments in…

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HYPE Awarded $50,000 STEM Education Grant from F5 Global

We’re thrilled to receive a $50,000 USD STEM Education Grant from @F5. Read the Q&A with F5’s Chief People Officer Ana White to learn more about these grants, their impact, and how we can all do more to encourage women of color to pursue STEM careers:

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HYPE is Here for the Future of Girls of Color in STEM

For HYPE founder and recent finalist for the Women in Tech’s Woman of the Year in STEAM Education award Kristina Newton, it’s personal.

“Despite all my potential and capabilities I had in the tech workforce, I felt alone. I didn’t see myself represented in leadership anywhere,” said Newton. “But my experiences as a Black woman in tech and the corporate workforce weren’t unique.”

With only 3 percent of computing-related jobs held by Black women, Newton experienced firsthand the challenges that so many minority women continue to face. “There really is not a reason why I shouldn’t be an executive or like a senior leader in a tech company today,” said Newton as she reflected on her trajectory through middle school, high school, college, and even into her seven-year career in technology.

Due to that lack of opportunity and representation, Newton left her role as consultant for Accenture in 2013 to find her place of belonging, which led to her launching HYPE in 2017.

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HYPE featured in Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta blog titled “HERstory: Women Empowering Women”

The HYPE Project partners with schools, school districts and other youth-serving nonprofit organizations to provide access to 21st century skills-building education and exposure to technology careers for and from individuals who are currently underrepresented in tech. During the COVID pandemic, they’ve been engaging Black and brown girls in middle and high school in community-driven and culturally relevant computer science education through a virtual after-school coding program. Their efforts not only help them to connect students during this time, but teaches them a critical skill in a subject that is missing in over 50% of our high schools, and helps them develop as leaders and problem solvers. HYPE’s Founder and CEO Kristina Smith-Newton states, “Women empowerment is important in and of itself, and we’ve seen on numerous occasions that to empower women means empowering generations and ultimately changing the world. However, women empowering women is not only important, it’s special and powerful. When a woman uses her influence and position to empower and uplift other women, it is an intentional act, it carries a special meaning, and it reverses years of dangerous and incorrect thinking that women should be in competition with one another. When we choose to celebrate instead of compete, everyone wins – and it’s a beautiful thing to witness.”

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The Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative launches inaugural campaign to highlight female business leaders in Atlanta

It’s Her Turn Now ATL: More than 25 Atlanta Entrepreneurs Share Social Media Accounts on Women’s Entrepreneurship Day ATLANTA (Nov. 18, 2020) – The Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative (WEI), a program of Invest Atlanta and the City of Atlanta, will launch a social media campaign featuring more than 25 women entrepreneurs called It’s Her Turn Now…

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United Way of Greater Atlanta and Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta announce grants for COVID-19 response focused on education, food insecurity, housing and mental health

ATLANTA –  November 19, 2020 – The Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund, a joint effort from Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and United Way of Greater Atlanta, today announces grants supporting education-focused interventions, food insecurity, housing and mental health services. To date, the Fund has raised more than $25 million through collective resources from public and private donors across…

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