The Hidden Genius Project and Oakland Natives Give Back
celebrate collaborative workspace and opportunities in Oakland
WHO: The Hidden Genius Project and Oakland Natives Give Back
WHAT: Office Opening Celebration and Reception
WHEN: Thursday, August 10, 2017 | 3:00pm to 7:00pm
WHERE: 2934 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609
MEDIA CONTACT: Cathy Barragan, PJS Consultants
Join The Hidden Genius Project and Oakland Natives Give Back for a reception celebrating their newly-opened headquarters at 2934 Telegraph Avenue in Oakland on Thursday, August 10, 2017 from 3:00pm to 7:00pm.
"In the past few months, we’ve worked to prepare our space to become what we’ve always imagined—a center of community life for the Oakland Natives Give Back and The Hidden Genius Project teams,” said Nyeisha DeWitt, Oakland Natives Gives Back Executive Director. “Our hope is that in the future we can open up our place to other small non-profit organizations that need a space to work or meet."
Their move, which came about as a result of the sale of their previous office space amidst the rise in Bay Area real estate costs, offers opportunity for collaboration between the two deeply rooted Oakland organizations.
"Dislocation and rising rents forced us to be part of the nonprofit exodus from downtown Oakland, but we are happy to have found a home for the Hidden Genius Project and ourselves in a nearby neighborhood that is still very accessible to the families we serve.” says DeWitt.
“While the circumstances that brought about our move were undoubtedly challenging, we at The Hidden Genius Project are extremely grateful to be able to collaborate with such a fantastic partner in Oakland Natives Give Back,” says Executive Director Brandon Nicholson. “With support from the City of Oakland and technical assistant from Northern California Community Legal Fund (NCCLF), we now have a beautiful and dynamic space in which to advance our work.”
ABOUT THE HIDDEN GENIUS PROJECT // www.hiddengeniusproject.org
Founded in 2012 by five black male entrepreneurs/technologists who were unnerved by the dramatic juxtaposition between the high unemployment of black male youth and the plethora of career opportunities within the local technology sector, The Hidden Genius Project trains and mentors black male youth in technology creation, entrepreneurship and leadership skills to transform their lives and communities. Through our student-centered, project-based approach, we invest in young black men, give them access to technology training, and plug them into an ecosystem of innovation and empowerment.
ABOUT OAKLAND NATIVES GIVE BACK // www.oaklandnatives.org
Oakland Natives Give Back Fund Inc. (ONGB) is an Oakland-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) that addresses the truancy and chronic absenteeism epidemic in the Oakland Unified School District with innovative programs and strategic initiatives that engage the entire community. In partnership with Assemblymember Rob Bonta, The Office of the Mayor, Oakland Parks & Recreation, Oakland Unified School District and local community and corporate leaders, ONGB aims to raise awareness around daily attendance.