NYC based non-profit charity begins classes teaching tech skills to over 70 NYC at-risk youth to prepare them for careers in the tech world.
Online PR News – 29-July-2016 – NEW YORK, NY, July 28, 2016 – Techie Youth (https://www.TechieYouth.org), non-profit charity of NYC, is now providing free daily computer-tech training to 70+ foster kids and at-risk “vulnerable” youth. Classes are taught in the new Techie Youth Center – a high-tech dedicated store-front classroom space in Bushwick, Brooklyn, recently opened in July 2016.rnStudent demographic is a mix of New York City foster youth who are nearing the age of emancipation (“aging-out”) who are statistically-likely to become homeless or incarcerated in the next 18-24 months, as well as kids classified by NYC as “vulnerable youth”, including pregnant minors, homeless youth and juveniles convicted of crimes who are provided second-chance alternatives to sentencing. The Techie Youth Curriculum provides students with professional computer-technician skills to prepare them for a career in the tech-sector. (image at http://www.techieyouth.org/class.jpg)rnOver 80% of homeless people in NYC reported having previously been in the foster care system. Between age 18-21, youths emancipate from foster care, lose their source of housing, and are essentially sent on their own into the world without parents or adult-guidance, very-frequently leading them to homelessness or incarceration. 25,000 youths age out annually, and many end up living on the streets. The Techie Youth solution is to leverage education in computer-technologies to completely redirect the roadmap of foster youth towards a path of life success, essentially cutting off the majority-supply of new cases of homelessness in America.rnUpon completion of the Techie Youth program, students will formally graduate, and be awarded a certificate of completion and paired up with a professional mentor to get them started in their IT career. rnrnAbout Techie YouthrnTechie Youth is a unique groundbreaking initiative using technology-education to effectively fix the homeless epidemic in America. Techie Youth is a New York City based 501(c)3 non-profit charity working in collaboration with the NYC Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) and Long Island Department of Social Services (DSS) as well as various supportive technology-companies including Microsoft. Techie Youth was founded by prominent NYC technologist Eric David Benari along with a team of chief technology officers, an attorney and industry-leaders from the foster care sector.rn###