Mission Bit Spring 2015 Fundraiser: Closing the Tech Divide

 28 May
 Buffalo Club
 2331 Mission St - 94110 - San Francisco - United States
 Mission Bit
Event Description: Mission Bit is a San Francisco based 501(c)(3) non-profit seeking to go from a volunteer run program to an established organization with national growth potential. Join us at the evening of May 28, 2015 for a happy hour fundraiser and help us hit our $250,000 goal. We're seeking to expand our impact for the 2015-2016 school year and close the tech divide for San Francisco's most disvantaged communities. At this casual event of friends and colleagues, you'll hear from Mission Bit's leadership, students and San Francisco tech leaders about the impact we've had in public schools and our vision for the future. Call to Action: We have an aggressive fundriasing goal of $250,000 and we're seeking to address an urgent issue. We encourage you to give at the level most appropriate and to bring your friends/colleagues to support our call to action. Return on Investment: Engage 500 students that have never coded either through our intro courses and Hacker Lab Secure internships for 100% students that have the skills to start coding professionally Train and support 100 new coding volunteers to help run courses Purchase Tickets Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mission-bit-spring-2015-fundraiser-closing-the-tech-divide-tickets-16440126862?utm_campaign=order_confirm&utm_medium=email&ref=eemailordconf&utm_source=eb_email&utm_term=eventname The Problem: By the year 2018, 2.4 million STEM jobs will go unfilled. In San Francisco fewer than 5% of public school students are enrolled in a computer science course. Out of the 10,000 students who took the AP exam in 2014, just 2.2% took the computer science exam. Fewer than 15% of those students were female, and not one African American student took the exam. The digital divide in San Francisco is an urgent and critical issue, and with your support Mission Bit is going to help elminate it. The History: For the past 2 years, Mission Bit has been run by community volunteers who wanted to expand opportunities for young people in the tech industry. They started teaching coding classes and soon learned that the digitial divide and a lack of access to computer science education was locking an entire generation of San Franciscians out of jobs that were being created in their own backyard. The Solution: Mission Bit offers project-based courses for free to public school students. The courses are taught in multiple coding languages by volunteer software developers. The Results: Over 250 students have taken a course with Mission Bit and we've trained over 150 community volunteers to either teach a course or mentor a student. Last summer, 20% of students that took a Mission Bit course were placed in paid summer internships in coding positions. The Future: Mission Bit is transitioning from a volunteer program to an established non-profit committed to closing the tech divide for students in San Francisco and eventually, the country. We're raising $250,000 to ensure we have the resources to deepen our impact.

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