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The mission of The Hidden Genius Project (HGP) is to train and mentor underserved black male youth in technology creation, entrepreneurship, and leadership skills to transform their communities in the present and future. HGP is focused on unlocking career paths in (but not exclusive to): Software Engineering, User Experience Design and Technology Entrepreneurship.

The Hidden Genius Project seeks to be the leading incubator of high-performing black-male entrepreneurs and technologists. These leaders are committed to cultivating future generations of aspiring and underserved youth software technologists. HGP cultivates a cohesive community of tech innovators who actuate positive and transformational change within their communities.

announcement


From the Board of Directors

We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Brandon Nicholson has accepted an offer from The Hidden Genius Project Board of Directors to become Founding Executive Director. He will begin in January of 2015. Since the inception of HGP it has been a volunteer run organization, but to create lasting and sustainable impact it was imperative to recruit an Executive Director.

Brandon brings over a decade of experience in education policy, youth development, and workforce and economic development coupled with an A. B. in Public Policy from Princeton University and a Ph. D. in Education from University of California, Berkeley. He is a phenomenal, talented individual who has accomplished a lot and is both very passionate and extremely knowledgeable about non-profit strategy and evaluation, management, research, and economic development.

"We are part of a caring and effective network of organizations and people who believe we all stand to benefit from the empowerment of those of us who have most acutely suffered from opportunity inaccessibility. Additionally, the systemic barriers that continually impede black men and other marginalized people are too varied and intricate to take them on alone."

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project details


Two Touch Points

The Hidden Genius Project interacts with our participant groups in various ways. The In-Depth Program is our hallmark program targeting black male youth entering the 9th, 10th or 11th grades with varying levels of academic achievement, but with a strong drive and desire to succeed. Requiring a rigorous application and selection process, to achieve and build a community of autodidactic technologists.

The Hidden Genius Project is currently building out a new concept of Breadth Programs to provide fun and engaging activities for black male youth in middle and high school to explore technology in a safe and supportive environments. These programs will take on many different forms, but the overarching goal is to expose our young men to technology and make technology career paths accessible.


staff

Dr. Brandon Nicholson

Founding Executive Director

Princeton University and University of California, Berkeley

10+ years exp. in education policy, youth development, and workforce and economic development

founders

Kurt Collins

Co-Founder and CEO, Enole

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

10+ years exp. in software development and technology entrepreneurship

Isaak Hayes

Sr. Interaction Designer, Salesforce.com

Western Washington University

7+ years exp. in user experience design

Rassamee Hayes

Primary Teacher, Vincent Academy

MA Curriculum and Instruction - Seattle University

8+ years exp. in classroom teaching

Kilimanjaro Robbs

Product and Marketing Strategist

Duke MBA and Northeastern Eng. Alumnus

10+ years exp. in software development and product strategy

Tracy Moore

Former Founding Executive Director, Leadership Scholars

Harvard College

6+ years exp. in informal education and youth leadership development

Jason Young

Founder and CEO, Mindblown Labs

Harvard College

5+ years exp. in technology entrepreneurship and product management

board of directors

Kilimanjaro Robbs

Product and Marketing Strategist

Duke MBA and Northeastern Eng. Alumnus

10+ years exp. in software development and product strategy

Tracy Moore

Former Founding Executive Director, Leadership Scholars

Harvard College

6+ years exp. in informal education and youth leadership development

Jason Young

Founder and CEO, Mindblown Labs

Harvard College

5+ years exp. in technology entrepreneurship and product management

sponsors


The Hidden Genius Project is grateful for the invaluable support of our current sponsors and individuals at the following organizations whom are committed to our mission and success.





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