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.

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

CATALYST PROGRAMS are free single- and multi-day introductory technical workshops and exposure opportunities, led by our Youth Educators, for middle and high school boys of color, including Tech Slams, #RevealingGeniusUK, and our annual Brothers Code event.

1470

TOTAL STUDENTS SERVED IN 2018

112
Intensive Immersion Program Students
290
Youth Educator Programming
1068
Catalyst Program Participants

TOTAL NUMBER OF STUDENTS SERVED SINCE 2012

4100

Through December 31, 2018

89,600

MENTORSHIP HOURS IN 2018

TECHNOLOGY CREATION  •  ENTREPRENEURSHIP  •  LEADERSHIP

187,600+

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. 

In 2018, over 20 Hidden Genius Alum have been trained and deployed as Youth Educators for our
Intensive Immersion and Catalyst Programs, leading to 45 in total.

STUDENT OUTCOMES SINCE 2012

STUDENT RETENTION RATE

For all Intensive
Immersion Program Geniuses

HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATE

Geniuses eligible to
graduate high school

POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION MATRICULATION

Of age Geniuses that
have graduated high school

POWERED BY COMMUNITY

260

NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS IN 2018

FUELING GENIUS SPONSORS

The following local restaurants have generously stepped up to the plate in 2018 to provide meals for our Geniuses:

Bakesale Betty  •  Big Apple Cafe  •  Catered To You  •  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.

18,720

Total number of meals provided

2018 COMMUNITY EVENTS

GENIUS IN THE NEWS

OUR GROWTH

9

FULL TIME STAFF MEMBERS

45

YOUTH EDUCATORS HIRED

753

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT HOURS

RICHMOND’S SECOND COHORT

In partnership with the RYSE Center, we welcomed 24 RICH2 Geniuses for a total of 39 active Geniuses.

GENIUS TAKES FLIGHT

#RevealingGeniusUK was our first international Catalyst Program
experience where we hosted #TechSlamUK and supported
Colorintech’s ColorCode event in London, serving 200 students of color.

INCREASED INTERNAL CAPACITY

Hired two new team members to lead communications,
finance and operations, and strategic initiatives.

UBER CAREER PREP PROGRAM

16 black male college engineering students
from around the nation joined the inaugural
cohort and completed the program.

OBAMA FOUNDATION – MBK ALLIANCE

Richmond’s RYSE Center, in partnership with The Hidden Genius Project, was named a National Seed Community by Obama Foundation’s My Brother’s Keeper Alliance.

2018 COMMUNITY PARTNERS

42 Silicon Valley

ACES Foundation by Lorenzo Alexander

Affirm

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

Amazon Web Services

Andreessen Horowitz

Autodesk

BASE Ventures

Bay Celebrations

Black Girls Code

Bugcrowd

California College of the Arts

Casey Family Programs

Claremont Middle School

Chelsea FC

Community Financial Resources

Colorintech

College Education Prep

Corporately

Cre8ation Ventures Accelerator

David E. Glover Education and Technology Center

Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.

Dewey Academy

East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation

East Bay College Fund

East Oakland Youth Development Center

ECMC

Electronic Arts

Elevator Works

Facebook

Fam 1st Family Foundation

Golden State Warriors // Warriors Foundation

Google (Trust and Safety)

Head Royce School

Independent Living Program (ILP)

Institute of Design at Stanford

Kaiser Permanente

Kapor Center for Social Impact

Kick n’ It

KIPP King Collegiate High School

Know Your Rights Camp

Last.fm

Microsoft

Mentoring in Medical Sciences (MIMS)

Merritt College

Merritt College Cyber Security Program

MetWest High School

Oakland High School

Oakland Natives Give Back

Oakland Unified School District

Playstation

Positive Communication, Practices Rites of Passage Program

Python Foundation

Reddit

RYSE Youth Center

Samsung

Sony Interactive Entertainment

SPAAT (Student Programming for Academic & Athletic Transitioning)

Splunk

St. Mary’s College

Stripe

Tech Exchange

Tech Exposure and Access through Mentoring (TEAM)

The Brotherhood of Elders Network

Twitch

Uber

Ubuntu Villages

United Negro College Fund

United State Military Academy

University of California Office of the President

University of California, Berkeley (Graduate School of Education)

UptoCodeAcademy

Upward Bound

Visa

Youth AID Nonprofit

Youth Empowerment Project

Youth Impact Hub

2018 INSTITUTIONAL SUPPORTERS

Adobe Employee Community Fund

Alameda County Board of Supervisors

All Stars Helping Kids Foundation

Ana Mooney Health Coaching

Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP

Anonymous

AT&T

The Andre Tyler Iguodala Living Trust

The Barrios Trust

Best Buy Foundation

Brookins AME Church – CCYPD

Barry Bonds Family Foundation

BridgeBank

The Brotherhood of Elders

The California Wellness Foundation

Capital One

CBS Interactive

Cisco Foundation

Clorox Company Foundation Fund

Comcast Bay Area – NBC Universal

Community Bank of the Bay

DaVita

Dropbox

East Bay Community Foundation

Eagle Capital Corp. 

eBay Settlement Fund

Fairview Foundation

Fenwick and West

Ford Motor Company Fund

Freddie Mac

Fullerton Family Foundation

Futures Foundation

The Futures Project

GCI General Contractors

Goggio Family Foundation

Golden State Warriors Community Foundation

Google.org

Halo Health

Hull Family Foundation

IDEO

Jacob Emmert Aronson Foundation

Jack and Jill of America Inc. – Oakland Chapter

Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund

Kaiser Permanente

Kapor Center

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Kolar Charitable Foundation of Buckley Sandler

Koret Foundation

Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC

Louie and Anne Abrons Foundation

Listen for a Change

Little Imaginarium

Macy’s / Bloomingdale’s

McMicking Foundation

The Meyer Family Fund

MindBlown Labs

Miranda Lux Foundation

New Venture Fund

Oakland A’s Foundation

Oakland Athletics

Oakland Natives Give Back

Oakland Technology Exchange

Oakland Black Firefighters’ Association

Oaklandish

Quest Foundation

PACE Foundation

PJS Consultants

Port of Oakland

Ron Brown Scholar Program

Salesforce

Siegel Foundation

Smith Global Altruism Fund

Software Engineering of America

Social Interest Solutions

Stripe

The San Francisco Foundation

Uber

User Testing Inc.

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

2018 INDIVIDUAL DONORS

Aaron Mandel

Adam Hale

Aja Taylor

Alan Abramson

Alexandria Bruggers

Alexis Musante

Alia Jackson

Allyson Dias

Alphonso Sensley

Amy Helfant

Ana Mooney

Andre Wilson

Andrea Cousins

Anna Pitzler

Anthony Wilson

Antoinette E Raines

Ariana Hirsh

Arianna Senteio

Arthur Mitchell

Arun Subhadra

Asatu M Hall

Atieris Adams

Autumn Sullivan

Avon Leong

Barbara Wilson

Brandon Herring

Brendan McKeon

Brian Conner

Brianna Mills

Bruce R Buckelew

Cai Zhang

Carlyn Osmonson

Cedric Brown

Charles Rosenbusch

Charlotte McGoldrick

Chase Hensel

Chelsea Boniak

Chelsea Clouser

Chevon M Ledree

Choy Tuyen

Chris Fetterolf

Christian Areas

Christina Zhang

Cindy Waters

Claire Shorall

Clarence Delores Lemon Thomas

Curtis Clark

Cynthia M. Waters

Daniel Bittker

Daniel Kessler

Danita Gail Wright-Scott

Daryl Simpson

David Francis

Denzel Russell

Devinah Crespo

Dewayne Perry

Diana Wong

Doreen Hinton

Dorothy Jones

Douglas Nakajima

Douglas Paxton

Edwin McCleskey

Eli Taylor

Elizabeth Barron

Eric Jones

Ervin Mathews Jr.

Ezra Kebrab

Felicia Jeffley

Gary Thompson

Gaynelle Chase

Gina Hodgson

Gisela Simon

Gloria Bayne

Grant Din

Haley Carstensen

Herbert Griffin

Herbert Payne II

Iris Bustos

James Christie

Jammond Hayes-Ruffin

Janet Ikpa

Jason Mitchell      

Jason Young

Jeffrey Hobson

Jeffrey Ryan

Jeffery Wilkerson

Jeffery Williams

Jerlena Griffin-Desta

Joel Zacharias

Jonathan L Beauford

Jordan Klein

Joseph Frank Sr.

Josh Warshauer

Julie Katz

K Hogan

Kara Nelson

Karmin Abadi

Karris Eldridge

Karris Scott

Katherine Fukui

Katherine Henrickson

Keeli Harris

Keith Chin

Kelly Garrett

Kevin Flynn

Kilimanjaro Robbs

Kim Wendell

Kimberly Seashore

Kiona Suttle

Kirsten Lundgren

Lanette Jimerson

Langmen

LaShawn Sims

Laura Holmes

Laurie Soman

Leola Spencer

Leslie Trutner

Li’el Morris

Lillian  Samuel

Linda Jones

Linda Mendonsa

Lynn Dodd

Malyn Deguzman

Margaret Kirschner

Marian Greenfield

Mario Vargas

Marisa Richardson

Mark Chandler

Mark Flower

Marta Grajeda

Marta Keller

Mary Sharma

Mathilda Espiritu

Maurice Johnson, Jr.

Megan Scott

Megan Witmer

Melisa Thomson

Mellody Hobson

Michael Allison

Michael Armstrong

Michael Pearson

Mileen Zarin

Millicent Cox-Edwards

Miya Hayes

Monique Liburd

Natasha Middleton

Nia Ujamaa

Nichelle Holmes

Nicholas Maccarone

Nicole Mincin

Okim-Osi Nsor

Omar Ashford 

Osborne Hardison

Pamela Ulmer

Peter Brown

Phillip Riley

Piero Rocca

Pierre-Antoine LaFayette

Precious Stroud

Rachel Cukierman

Rachel Johnson

Randall Bly

Razon Tramble

Ravon Taylor III

Regina Davis

Rene Perry

Rhonda Berg

Rich Jones

Robert Stewart

Robert Stone

Roosevelt Pye

Roxanne McFadden

Roy Wensley

Ruby Jazz

Rune Stromsness

Ryan Anson

Sacha Nacar

Sara Rudder

Scott Garrell

Selia Warren

Sergio Guardarrama

Shavonne Brooks

Sheila Grace Singh

Shelley Finci

Sonia Crespo

Stephanie Yao

Stephen Adetumbi

Stephen Jones

Stephen R Bates

Stephen Rucker

Susan Lau

Tamar Cohen

Taylor Benson

Thai Chu

Theodore Ford

Thomas Elliot

Thomas Lichtenberg

Thomas Russo

Thurman V White Jr.

Tiffany Price

Tiffany Shumate

Timothy McDowell

Timothy Sutton

Tristan Nunnally

Tyler Holland

Valerie Shelton

Victoria Swepson

Violet Budhu

Vivian Chin

Warren Colbert

William Muits

Yuvoyne McCowan

Zaria Valentine

As our opportunities to impact young lives continue to blossom,
so must grow the pool of resources we need to propel us forward.

HELP OUR GENIUSES CONTINUE TO SHINE
THEIR LIGHT BRIGHTER AND FARTHER