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Our founder, Valerie Phoenix, started Tech By Choice in 2018 to help marginalized communities have access to personal development and skill-building workshops, ensuring that they gain the
necessary skills to enter and succeed in tech roles.
Since launching in 2018, we’ve launched three chapters, in Los Angeles, Oakland, and the DMV, where we’ve hosted over 20 events that supported over 1000 members.
We’re dedicated to ensuring that diversity exists in tech, and we’re helping people in our communities enter, stay and thrive in the industry.
Our initiative allows our community members to get stipend backed, hands-on experience by helping to code, design, write, and project manages our community driven projects. This provides every member of any skill level with the opportunity to cultivate marketable skills to land their next job.
On average underestimated individuals experience a 44.7% increase in salary.
The Tech by Choice community is truly comfort food for my soul.
- Ox Delgadillo
Some months ago, I came on asking how I could convert an internship into a full time offer. I received lots of advise and discussed with a couple of people about how to get a full time role.I am happy to announce that i have been extended a full time offer after my internship!
- Olalekan Kolapo
Being in a new industry can be really isolating and intimidating. It has been so helpful to have access to a community of experienced people who I can learn from and go to for advice. The opportunity to do actual work that I can put on my portfolio is crucial and hard to find anywhere else.
- Natalie Kiwan
Every year, underrepresented employees in tech experience burnout due to the lack of support in their work environments.
In addition, lacking diversity contributes to environments that create technology that actively harms marginalized communities.
With your help, Tech By Choice can change this narrative and make sure that the tech industry is welcoming for everyone, whether you are an employee or an avid tech user.
of women leave the industry after their first year working in tech.
of employees have reported facing racial or ethnic discrimination in the workplace.
of Indigenous people struggle to find mentors in STEAM Fields.