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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.
Since 2018 we have host 28 events, supported 1,027 members, and grown to 3 chapters (Los Angels, Oakland, and DMV).
We know representation matters and we're helping people in our community enter, stay, and thrive in tech.
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
We invasion a more just tech industry whose creators reflect and serve the demographics of all their users.
Every year underrepresented tech workers burn out due to lack of support and in the workforce.
Lack of diversity creates an environment that creates technology that harms marginalized individuals.
With your donation Tech by Choice can change this narrative and make tech a welcoming place for all.
Of women leave the industry after one year of working in tech.
Individuals reported facing race or ethnicity discrimination.
Of Indigenous people struggle to find mentors