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.Read More
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.”Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
This year, thanks in part to your community support, the Dream Warriors Foundation was able to award over $30,000 in grants to 20 Atlanta womxn in the areas of community impact, art, personal crisis, and Big Idea. Throughout the summer, we’ll be highlighting some of our grantees, introducing you to the truly inspiring, impactful work…Read More
ATLANTA — October 21, 2020 — Five Atlanta civic-minded social ventures including Learning in Color, The LIFE School, HYPE, Small Bites Adventure Club, and Elevating Equity were awarded a total of $265,000 as they seek to scale their businesses and expand their impact in the communities they serve. The 2020 recipients are: Carol Bowman | Learning…Read More
Atlanta’s Women Entrepreneurship Initiative (WEI), a business incubator for early-stage, women-owned businesses, announced the fifteen members of its third cohort at the monthly meeting of Invest Atlanta’s Board of Directors. HYPE’s Founder, Kristina Smith-Newton, is one of the selected founders and the first non-profit organization founder to be initiated into the only municipally-funded program of…Read More
ATLANTA – March 30, 2018 – PRLog — This week – from April 1st through April 8th — Kristina Smith’s Hope for Youth program will be taking four female students from the greater Atlanta area to Nicaragua on a mission to teach school children coding skills. Hope for Youth (www.gethype.org) is a nonprofit organization that was founded in September 2017 by Smith…Read More