K-12 TECH TALENT TRAINING PROGRAMS
THE INTENTIONALLY GOOD PROJECT #TECHDONERIGHT

LEVELING THE PLAYING FIELD FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF K-12 TECH TALENT TRAINING PROGRAM OPERATORS.

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WE’RE CREATING A PIPELINE FROM THE NEXT GENERATION OF ATLANTA’S K-12 TECH TALENT TRAINING PROGRAMS
TO INFLUENCERS, CORPORATIONS, & FUNDERS.

Our education system is badly broken, and is not built for today’s learner nor tomorrow’s economy as it is becoming increasingly apparent that nonhuman competition will require that we adequately train tomorrow’s workforce with the skills and abilities that will be harder to automate. Automation and other technological innovations are fundamentally changing the shape and makeup of the labor economy. As these shifts set in, solutions are needed that will help navigate that transition, including upskilling and reskilling platforms that anticipate the evolving skills needs of the new economy. But how do we prepare the next generation to be competitive? We need new alternative, accessible and affordable education models. 

Spurred by a grant from Walton Family FoundationThe Intentionally Good Project For K-12 Tech Talent Programs is a relationship and growth accelerator for those that operate the best tech talent training programs in Metro Atlanta. Think coding academies, STEM bootcamps, etc. The overall objective is to put them in better position for funding by fine tuning their curriculum to align with the changing economy and workforce – specifically by creating pathways for students of color and young women to deep tech fields such as advanced materialsartificial intelligencebiotechnologyblockchainroboticsphotonicselectronics, and quantum computing.

We’re helping top organization leaders realize their potential as well as closing racial and gender equity gaps in the technology sector by unifying the startup, corporate, entertainment, and social good ecosystems.   

Relationships matter. This is tech done right. Join us.

OUR LEAD PARTNER

THESE PROGRAM OPERATORS GOT NEXT

Bejanae Kareem
BK International Education

Julian Fitzgerald
Cxmmunity

Josette Hutton Evans
Metamorphasis Powerhouse Company

Napiya Nubuya
The Next IT Girl

Scott Robinson
Rockdale Magnet School for Science & Technology

Andrea Miller
South Atlanta High School

Martin Chaplin
SQUAD

Tiffany Green-Abdullah
TCAAD

Kristina Smith Newton
Hope For Youth

Ronnie Thomas
Fun Weird Science

Liberty White
CHOZEN Media

Janelle Hines
Camp SENAH 4 Life

Erich Thomas
Pharoah’s Conclave

Tiffany Layden
Generation InFocus

Dr. Valerie Bennett
STEM Compass

Ernest Holmes
CODEHOUSE

Jihan Johnston-McGlotten
BeatBotics

William Teasley
Higher Ground Education

HOW WE ACCELERATE RELATIONSHIPS

IDENTIFY

To find promising K-12 tech talent program leaders, we rely on referrals from K-12 leaders, tech ecosystem stakeholders, funders, other programs, and the community. 

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ASSESS + LEVEL UP

Next, we do two things (1) assess the programs’ readiness to take on strategic corporate and influencer partners as well as sponsorships/grants, and (2) help them improve. 

Using a rubric inspired by Village Capital’s award-winning Venture Investment Readiness & Awareness Levels (VIRAL) curriculum, experts grade the programs across eight (8) key business categories. Goals are then set to for each program’s 3 lowest scoring categories, and they are given 60 days to improve. Video workshops featuring guest speakers from prestigious companies and influencer agencies are held on advanced topics such as storytelling, creating demand for strategic partners, and preparing to partner with corporations and influencers. Only the programs that have made the required progress are eligible to move onto the next stage.

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SOCIAL NETWORKS + SOCIAL CAPITAL

Direct personal relationships and indirect relationships through shared connections or experiences heavily influence the ability of tech talent programs to acquire partnerships with large companies as well as grants. According to the Kapor Center’s Leaky Tech Pipeline report, the lack of access to peer, mentor, and social networks from “prestigious” universities and companies prevent underrepresented groups from having access to referrals and introductions to VC firms. We believe the same holds true for tech talent training programs.

This stage improves opportunities, endorsements, and recommendations by connecting these programs to recent Atlanta transplants from areas like Silicon Valley, NYC, and Boston, as well as native Atlantans who are alumni of prestigious universities and companies. Deep connections will be made via progress reporting sessions, coffee meetups, and storytelling events.

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PILOTS + ENDORSEMENTS + FINANCIAL CAPITAL

Having prominent partners and people attached to a program increases perceptions of its quality, and this informal endorsement can substitute for accomplishment and experience as the basis of funding. Foundations are more likely to fund programs they have been introduced to through “warm leads” than companies led by individuals not in their social networks.

Our programming culminates with Pilots + Endorsements + Financial Capital, where the objective is to make connections to corporations for partnerships, influencers for endorsements, and sources of capital through warm leads. 

PROGRAM ACTIVITIES

Holding Founders  Accountable for Making Progress and Helping Them Grow as Leaders. All Sessions are Virtual

Readiness Evaluations: 45 minute sessions where 3rd parties assess your readiness to take on influencers, large companies, and funders.
Weekly Stand Ups: 30 minute small group video calls to report your morale, recent wins, plan for the upcoming week, and needs.
Weekly Peer Accountability + Review: You’re matched with another founder for check-ins on each other’s OKR progress as well as to rate each other’s fundability.
Monthly 1:1’s: 30 minute check-ins with Program Manager and Entrepreneur-In-Residence
Office Hours: Book 45 minute calls with coaches for instruction on OKR improvement areas.
Educational Sessions: Workshops, group coaching sessions, etc.
Events: Invites to program events like mental health sessions and partner events.
Progress Report Events: online events where you report your recent progress to key stakeholders.

ECOSYSTEM PARTNERS

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: TECH TRAINING ORGS

Is the program only for tech talent training entities?

Yes.  We define entities as for-profit companies, non-profits, programs within organizations, and projects.

How are you defining diverse-led entities?

We define diverse-led entities as they founded by or led-by people from groups underrepresented in tech for Year 1: African/African-American, Latinx, and women (from any background). For Year 2, we’ll look to expand to other groups like LGBTQ.

How is this program different from existing support programs in the city?

It is meant to compliment them. Think of it as concierge-level support as we’re providing access to high-powered social networks in an effort to improve your social capital. Essentially, it boils down to making a ton of connections for you. The first part of the program is shoring up your weakest areas so that you are ready for great opportunities. Think of it like a social network + sales/marketing program.

How much does it cost for a startup to participate in this program?

Zero. It’s completely free.

How is it possible that this is free?

Because our amazing sponsors, partners, and volunteers want to help save the world.

Can I be a solo founder/leader?

Yes, but we prefer organizations with at least 2-3 people as it increases the likelihood of success. It takes a lot to be successful, and it is extremely difficult for one person to do by themself. But it is possible.

My team doesn’t have an idea yet. Are we eligible to get helped?

We’re looking for those past the idea stage. However, a few of our community partners have programs that help those with only ideas get it out of your head, and refine it.

Is this initiative only for non-profit companies or can for-profits take part?

As long as you are a tech talent training program, then your tax status doesn’t matter. 

Is funding provided as part of the program?

Nope, but we do provide a ton of free resources. 

Do you or your partners take equity in my company?

Not as part of the official programming. However if a partner wants to make an investment in your org outside of the official program, then those terms are worked out between you and them. 

I’m not in Atlanta. Can my program participate?

For our pilot year in 2020, we’re working with organizations in Metro Atlanta. However, we have plans to expand in the future.

Is this a full-time program? Do we have to be full-time in the company?

Nope. We’ve designed it so you have time for a job, class, etc. However, there will be a lot of work to do! Expect to put in 5-10 hours a week.

What is the time committment?

Great question. Its designed to not pull you away from building your work too much. The first month will be the most intense as we have assessments from funders, corporations, and influencers. Main thing is keeping in contact with your mentors as well as the people we put you in touch with.

Can my org participate if we've been a part of an accelerator?

Yep. We’ve designed this program to compliment accelerators, and serve as a support system for accelerator alumni.

Do you think it would still be helpful for us to apply if we don’t need to raise money for a while?

We think so. We only make introductions to funders if it makes sense for you. But potentially getting strategic partnerships from large companies is helpful to most startups, and the process of preparing for funders is great whether you go for it or not. It makes your company better.

What is the application process?

Our application process includes a company application as well as phone and video interviews.

Is the programming in-person or virtual?

During this time of social distancing, everything is virtual.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: PARTNERS + SPONSORS

My organization is part of the tech ecosystem. What role can we play?

There’s a bunch of ways to plug in depending on what you want. We can refer organizations to your program for training, and/or you can send them our way. You could also provide strategy, curriculum development, marketing, and design mentors.

My company is part of the corporate ecosystem. What role can we play?

In a few different ways. The biggest opportunity is partnering with an organization for a pilot. Also, you could serve as industry expert mentors. And you can always be a sponsor!

My organization is part of the social good ecosystem. What role can we play?

You can really help the orgs whether it’s with domain-specific advice and connections or assistance with strategizing for funding. And, like the others, sponsors are always welcome.

As a sponsor, what type of role can I play?

Great question! Thanks for asking:) The Walton Family Foundation Grant is awesome, but to really reach this initiative’s potential, we’re looking for financial, venue, and food/beverage sponsors.

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