Build Ferguson Youth Tech Program

$11,885 of $10k goal

Raised by 172 people in 24 months
The revolution will be digitized. Computer programming and web development are 21st century skills that can be used to activate ideas, grow small businesses and build grass-root movements. As a way counter cyber warfare, close the digital divide and address the issues of economic equality, Hands Up United will lead technical training workshops to the Ferguson community.

Hands Up United is a youth led movement that started in Ferguson, MO after the brutal execution of Mike Brown by Ferguson Police Officer, Darren Wilson. A moment that sparked a movement on the grounds of cities across the nation is once again sparking a movement, but on the digital front.

Courses Include:
Web Development
Graphic Design
Quality Assurance Testing
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 Details of our first upcoming workshop:


Web Development and Entrepreneurship: The 6-week web development will consist of teaching participants, age 18 - 30 years of age, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Web Hosting, Mobile App design, UX, entrepreneurship, and consulting. Participants that complete the program will receive a $500 stipend for their time in the workshop and a personal laptop to allow them to freelance their skills. Participants will be assigned to build a local business’ digital presence. The goal of training participants web development is to build out local businesses and movements. Classes will take place in the Winter, Spring and Summer.

Donations will go towards:
- $500 Stipends for Participants
- 10 Laptops

Future workshops:

Graphic Design: Art and Activism is a powerful combination. The 5-day web designing workshop will consist of building wireframes, understanding the fundamental of graphic design, fonts, colors and more. Guest speakers will include political artist using art and graphic design to spread messages of empowerment. Classes will take place in the winter and summer.



Quality Assurance and Testing: Behind every great software developer, there is a quality assurance analyst testing the software. This introduction workshop will review languages like Java and Python, review user requirements and go over testing to ensure software quality meets the user requirements. Classes will take place in the Spring and Summer.

About Abby Bobe' Crowdfunding Manager:
Bobe', a Philadelphia native and Oakland transplant, recently moved to Ferguson, MO to volunteer with Hands Up United, work with local youth activist and build out the organization's technical program. Her past includes organizing programs to teach 3,000 young girls of color computer programming and serving as Qeyno Lab's Community Director. She is passionate about community activism on the ground as well as the cloud. 

Email: abby@handsupunited.org to connect


All extra funds raised will go into building out other technology programs under the Tech Impact umbrella. The yearlong budget is $50,000.  

Visit: http://www.handsupunited.org/#tech-impact-section for details
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Update 7
Posted by Abby Bobe
18 months ago
We're are launching our second Roy Clay Sr. Web Development and Entrepreneurship workshop on Saturday, July 11th.

Application is due: June 25th. If you know of a local St. Louis resident age 16-30, please share our application form: http://bit.ly/HUUWebDev

Thank you!
Abby and Hands Up United
abby@handsupunited.org
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Update 6
Posted by Abby Bobe
18 months ago
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Hey Family! Again thank you so much for your donation to our first workshop. Since our graduation date our students built websites for 3 local businesses, including a nonprofit.

Check out one of the websites our students created:
http://fergusonburgerbar.com/

Let us know what you think!

With love,
Abby
Read More: http://fergusonburgerbar.com/
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Update 5
Posted by Abby Bobe
21 months ago
I still cannot believe tomorrow is Hands Up United's ‪#‎TechImpact‬ Graduation ceremony!! :)

Students committed over 90 hours of web development to create websites for local small businesses and movements in Ferguson, MO. I am so proud of everyone in the class and thankful for every single person who supported the success of this first program.

Read about the small businesses our students are working with here: http://www.handsupunited.org/…/…/3/15/tech-impact-graduation

Want to send words of love on Twitter to our students? Tweet to @HandsUpUnited_ and/or use hashtag #TechImpact

Thank you!
With love,
Abby
www.handsupunited.org
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Update 4
Posted by Abby Bobe
22 months ago
Greetings Everyone! :)

I blurred out the names but wanted to share this beauty with you. I posted a picture listing the names of all the beautiful applicants that applied to Hands Up United's first tech workshop. It is such a humbling experience to see the seeds of an idea grow to fruition.

This weekend we spent hours interviewing each applicant. Sadly we can only accept 10 participants in the pilot program but we are excited to launch this program and keep building within the Ferguson / St. Louis area.

Too often the tech world celebrates apps and devices that do not bring real value to our communities...I believe in the next generation of coders that will bring so much insight to the tech world and will use tech for social good.

These participants get it...many are ground zero activists of all ages ready to learn tech. Brace yourself world! And to everyone who donated or supported the crowdfunding campaign to help bring this program to life: THANK YOU! This is what you created! We will continue to keep you updated with it's progress.

With love,
Abby from
Hands Up United
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Tinka Gibbs
10 months ago

http://TheYouthCash.com/?ref=139406

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Carol Downer Weller
21 months ago

So proud of the organizers of this project who are unselfishly giving their time and knowledge to help build up this community. You have supporters in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

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Shawna Weber
22 months ago

Funny, why aren't the ones who "burned this bitch down" paying to rebuild their city

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Alan Cook
24 months ago

Sounds like a scam to me. Who uses words like revolution?

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Leah Jewel Alexander
24 months ago

Education, coding, technology skills is the way to freedom in our world. Let's support this in any way possible. If you can't donate financially, then please support in other ways such as sharing the information, mentoring, skill-sharing, etc. I'm proud of these young people who have really put their actions to work and are changing the world. Hats off.

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Nick Evans
24 months ago

Power to the people

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Tinka Gibbs
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http://TheYouthCash.com/?ref=139406

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Carol Downer Weller
21 months ago

So proud of the organizers of this project who are unselfishly giving their time and knowledge to help build up this community. You have supporters in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

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Shawna Weber
22 months ago

Funny, why aren't the ones who "burned this bitch down" paying to rebuild their city

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Alan Cook
24 months ago

Sounds like a scam to me. Who uses words like revolution?

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Leah Jewel Alexander
24 months ago

Education, coding, technology skills is the way to freedom in our world. Let's support this in any way possible. If you can't donate financially, then please support in other ways such as sharing the information, mentoring, skill-sharing, etc. I'm proud of these young people who have really put their actions to work and are changing the world. Hats off.

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Nick Evans
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Power to the people

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