As a grant recipient of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, we are honored to be featured in their 2021 Women’s History Month blog celebrating women-led organizations working diligently to empower women of varying ages to not only survive during this time but excel.
Hope for Youth, Inc. (HYPE) provides 21st-century skills and tech training to girls of color. Through computer science education, significant leadership and learning experiences and technology career exposure, HYPE Scholars grow in civic-mindedness & global awareness while preparing for careers of the future.
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.”
You can find the full feature along with the other 2 women-led organizations featured on the Foundation’s blog page.