The Hidden Genius Project was founded in 2012 by five black male entrepreneurs and technologists unnerved by the dramatic juxtaposition between the high unemployment of black male youth and the plethora of career opportunities within the local technology sector. To address this challenge, they established a program to connect young black males with the skills, mentors, and experiences that they need to become high-performing entrepreneurs and technologists in a 21st century global economy.

The Hidden Genius Project trains and mentors black male youth in technology creation, entrepreneurship, and leadership skills to transform their lives and communities.

OUR PROGRAMS

Our INTENSIVE IMMERSION PROGRAM is a holistic 15-month mentorship experience that provides computer science, software development, entrepreneurship and leadership training for black male youth. Following an application, interview and acceptance into the program, students receive more than 800 hours of mentorship and training.

[ REVEALING GENIUS PROMO VIDEO]

Click HERE to read stories from Hidden Genius Alumni who completed our Intensive Immersion Program in 2017.

CATALYST PROGRAMS are free single- and multi-day introductory technical workshops and exposure opportunities for middle and high school boys of color, including our annual Brothers Code event.

820

TOTAL STUDENTS SERVED IN 2017

80
Intensive Immersion Program Students
740
Catalyst Program Participants

TOTAL NUMBER OF STUDENTS SERVED SINCE 2012

2800

Through December 31, 2017

29,250

MENTORSHIP HOURS IN 2017

TECHNOLOGY CREATION  •  ENTREPRENEURSHIP  •  LEADERSHIP

98,000+

TOTAL MENTORSHIP HOURS SINCE 2012

Students that graduate from our Intensive Immersion Program receive training to lead Catalyst Program workshops and are invited to return as Youth Educators to support the next generation of Hidden Geniuses in the Intensive Immersion Program. 

To date, over 25 Hidden Genius Alum have been trained and deployed as Youth Educators for our Intensive Immersion and Catalyst Programs.

STUDENT OUTCOMES SINCE 2012

STUDENT RETENTION RATE

HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATE

POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION MATRICULATION

POWERED BY COMMUNITY

300

NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS IN 2017

FUELING GENIUS SPONSORS

The following local restaurants have generously stepped up to the plate in 2017 to provide meals for our Geniuses:

Bakesale Betty  •  Big Apple Cafe  •  Costco  •  Everett and Jones  •  Kinder’s
Panda Express  •  Pizza  Express  •  Wingstop  •   Zachary’s Pizza


Their support not only helped us by offsetting costs that can go back into our program, it also provided the fuel our Geniuses need to stay focused during our Intensive Immersion Program.

13,000

Total number of meals provided

2017 COMMUNITY EVENTS

GENIUS IN THE NEWS

OUR GROWTH

8

FULL TIME STAFF MEMBERS

25

YOUTH EDUCATORS HIRED

80

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT HOURS

NEWLY EXPANDED PROGRAM
Intensive Immersion Program
expanded to serve students at the
RYSE Youth Center in Richmond, CA

Moved to new HQ office in Oakland

2017 COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Alameda County Board of Supervisors, Office of Keith Carson

Alameda County Health Pathways Partnership (ACHPP, a division of Alameda County Health Care Services Agency [HCSA])

Alameda County Juvenile Justice Center

Autodesk

Black Girls Code

Casey Family Programs

Claremont Middle School

Community Financial Resources

David E. Glover Education and Technology Center

Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.

Dewey Academy

East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation

East Oakland Youth Development Center

Electronic Arts

Fam 1st Family Foundation

Golden State Warriors // Warriors Foundation

Google (Trust and Safety)

Head Royce School

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Independent Living Program (ILP)

Kaiser Permanente

Kapor Center for Social Impact

Kick n’ It

KIPP King Collegiate High School

Level Playing Field Institute (LPFI)

Mentoring in Medical Sciences (MIMS)

MetWest High School

Oakland High School

Oakland Natives Give Back

Oakland Unified School District

OUSD Office of African American Male Achievement

Positive Communication

Practices Rites of Passage Program

Python Foundation

Rainbow Push Tech 2020

RYSE Youth Center

Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments (SAVE)

SPAAT (Student Programming for Academic & Athletic Transitioning)

St. Mary’s College

Tech Exposure and Access through Mentoring (TEAM)

The Brotherhood of Elders Network

University of California Office of the President

University of California, Berkeley (Graduate School of Education)

Upward Bound

Youth AID Nonprofit

Youth Empowerment Project

Youth Impact Hub

2017 SUPPORTERS

Adobe Employee Community Fund

Alameda County Board of Supervisors

All Stars Helping Kids Foundation

AT&T

The Barrios Trust

Best Buy Foundation

Barry Bonds Family Foundation

The Brotherhood of Elders

The California Wellness Foundation

CBS Interactive

Cisco Foundation

Clorox Company Foundation Fund

Comcast

Community Bank of the Bay

Dropbox 

East Bay Community Foundation

eBay Settlement Fund

Fenwick and West

Ford Motor Company Fund

Freddie Mac

Fullerton Family Foundation

Futures Foundation

Goggio Family Foundation

Golden State Warriors Community Foundation

Google.org

Hull Family Foundation

Jacob Emmert Aronson Foundation

Kaiser Permanente

Kapor Center for Social Impact

Louie and Anne Abrons Foundation

McMicking Foundation

Miranda Lux Foundation

Oakland A’s Foundation

Oakland Athletics

Oakland Black Firefighters’ Association

Oaklandish

Quest Foundation

PACE Foundation

Ron Brown Scholar Program

Siegel Foundation

Smith Global Altruism Fund

Software Engineering of America

Social Interest Solutions

The San Francisco Foundation

Union Bank

United Airlines

University of California Office of the President

Verizon Digital Media Services

Visa Black Employee Resource Group

Walmart Foundation

Wells Fargo

Westly Foundation

Workday Foundation

Zendesk