We are a mother-daughter team dedicated to social entrepreneurship and job creation. We launched Give To Get Jobs in May of 2011. And now we’re launching a new program, <dev>tech academy.
Give To Get Jobs is a job board and information hub for jobs that use a sustainable business model to address social and/or environmental issues, mainly social enterprise and corporate social responsibility. As a social enterprise ourselves, we donate the proceeds to fund job creation programs.
When we launched, we supported job creation by donating through a non-profit partner. We were able to start giving and having an impact right away. But, the long-term goal has always been to create our own job creation program. And we’re ready to make that happen!
We’re creating <dev>tech academy, a tech-based mobile job-training program. Classes will take place in a truck equipped with a state of the art classroom. This will allow us to host multiple classes in different areas around the cities we serve, therefore, training more people.
<dev>tech academy will provide:
- Free web design, web development and mobile development training
- Mentorship and guest speakers
- Paid 6-12 months internships at startups (We’ll pick up the tab!)
- Assistance in finding a permanent full-time job post internships
- Free one-week financial literacy course
What We Need
We’re asking for $50,000. Here’s what this initial round of fundraising money will go towards:
Buying a truck
Remodeling the truck
We’ll actually need around $150,000 to formally launch a pilot program. Any additional funds we raise will be put towards funding a complete program with 4 students.
If you would be interested in supporting <dev>tech academy more formally as a corporate sponsor or an investor, let us know!
What You Get
We cannot thank you enough for supporting what we’re trying to do. As a thank you we have created rewards that we think you’ll really like.
Here is a sample of the rewards you will be able to take advantage of by supporting <dev>tech academy:
More Than A Paycheck: Finding the elusive social enterprise job (eBook)
Work On Purpose by Echoing Green’s Lara Galinsky (book)
Eco friendly and/or Made in the USA office related goodies
Give To Get Jobs Application Assistance: resume and/or cover letter advice
Give To Get Jobs Job Posting
We also have some BIG-TICKET items available for those of you who truly love what we’re trying to do:
Sponsor the truck
An internship stipend in your name
And the biggest one of all:
For $150,000 you can bring <dev>tech academy to your city!
If you want to bring <dev>tech academy to your city, reach out to city officials, startups, and the tech community. See if you can bring enough people together to make it happen!
With <dev>tech academy we’re trying to make a dent in a few of the biggest problems facing the United States today: unemployment, tech talent shortage, and the rising costs of higher education.
Unemployment is high. It’s been slowly coming down, but there are still millions of people that are under or unemployed. The unemployment rate is even higher for graduates with only a high school diploma.
We’re also experiencing a tech talent shortage. Millions of people are looking for work and yet companies can’t find qualified applicants to fill technical positions. That’s a big disconnect.
Higher education is probably the best place to learn the technical skills that companies need. But not everyone can afford to go to college because the cost of college has risen over 110% in the past couple of decades. And that doesn’t even take into account the amount of income you lose by not working during that time. It’s not a realistic option for everyone.
There are a few solutions to the tech talent shortage being talked about. Two of them include immigration reform and outsourcing because there’s more technical talent abroad. But that’s not going to help American workers. The last approach is education reform. But that’s a long-term approach and companies need skilled workers now.
We’re trying to address these problems with what we think is a pretty simple but effective model. Youth who can’t afford to go to college are faced with a much higher unemployment rate. On top of that, those who graduate with just a high school education on average will make $33,176 annually. But a web development job can bring in a salary of over $80,000 annually. That’s a big difference. If we can move people from the lower salary bracket into the higher salary bracket without them having to take on college debt, it will foster local economic growth. It will also help companies fill the technical positions they need to be successful and scale. We're hoping it will be a win-win-win!
Other Ways You Can Help
There are other ways you can help <dev>tech academy besides monetary contributions.
Help us spread the word by sharing this campaign with your friends via Facebook, Twitter, and whatever other social media channels you might be active on.
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And as a young startup, we can use all the help we can get. If you have services you think we could use, think about volunteering for the cause. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.