New report highlights innovators advancing black talent in tech and digital careers

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BOSTON, February 24, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Jobs for the future (JFF), a national nonprofit organization that drives transformation in America’s workforce and education systems, today released a new report identifying 14 pioneering organizations working to increase the number and proportion of Black people. Americans in high-income tech careers. Developed with support from Comcast NBCUniversal, the report—Purpose-Built to Advance Equity: Expanding Tech Opportunities for Black Americansis grounded in an analysis of more than 200 startups, educational institutions, nonprofits, and other programs focused on developing black talent in tech.

“To disrupt historical patterns of occupational segregation in technology, we cannot ignore the systemic barriers to access and advancement that begin in K-12 schools and persist in communities and workplaces. work,” said Michael Collins, vice president of JFF and lead author of the report. “The most successful models not only help black talent build skills and find jobs, but also invest long-term in mentorship, social capital, and networks that connect black professionals to careers. in technology and pursue them.”

VIDEO: Report Author Michael Collins on increasing black representation in tech careers.

Despite the explosive growth of new tech jobs, black professionals continue to be underrepresented in the industry, including 12.4% of the American population, but just 7.4 percent technological workforce. Black woman combined represent only 3%. According to a recent JFF survey of more than 1,000 black adults, more than 6 in 10 not working in digital or IT would consider retraining to work in the sector. However, more than half said they didn’t know where to start (55%) or felt they lacked financial resources (51%), skills (52%) or industry connections (45%). %) to launch a career in technology.

JFF’s report identifies new models of career preparation, tech training and career advancement that are helping to increase diversity, equity and inclusion in the tech sector. To bring together the results, a team of researchers analyzed the work of more than 200 companies and organizations, rating them on innovations, program results and their ability to help black talent and leadership in jobs and industries. technologies.

“This analysis provides a new level of insight into high-impact education, training and career development models that can accelerate pathways to tech careers for Black talent,” said Dalila Wilson Scott, Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer of Comcast Corporation. “Equally important, this report provides recommendations on how policymakers, businesses and communities can help create the conditions for Black professionals to progress in tech careers – from career entry to leadership. “

The analysis was conducted with the guidance and insight of an advisory board of black leaders in venture capital, technology, philanthropy and education. Based on the assessment of the current program landscape, the report identifies 14 “innovators to watch,” all black-led or founded, and focused on helping black Americans advance in technology careers and industries.

With JFF survey data suggesting that 55% of Black Americans said they have never had a career mentor, many organizations identified through the analysis also focus on mentoring and supporting other technologists of color .

The innovators to watch (in alphabetical order) are:

  • black girls codea nonprofit organization that has provided software development training to more than 30,000 black girls between the ages of 7 and 17 to help them get started on paths that could lead to careers in technology.
  • Dark Technology Pipelinewhich provides recruitment services that connect black technologists to businesses with diverse, equitable and inclusive work environments.
  • CodePathwhich provides students with free coding lessons, mentorship, and professional support to prepare them for careers in technology.
  • Code2040a nonprofit community of Black and Latinx tech professionals offering internships, mentorship programs, and professional development opportunities for early-career technologists.
  • /dev/color, a peer mentoring community that provides a safe and positive environment for black technologists to support and learn from each other.
  • Ed Farm, a Birmingham, Alabama.nonprofit working to fill gaps in K-12 and adult computer science education, with a model that includes packaged supports like attendance stipends and device grants.
  • Escaleradeveloper of a digital platform called Inclusion Index that provides large and medium-sized employers with information on the effectiveness of their diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts.
  • girls who code, a nonprofit that creates pathways to tech careers for girls and young women and champions gender equality in K-12 computing and has taught 450,000 girls to code.
  • The hidden genius project, a nonprofit that helps young black men gain the experience, networks, and technical skills needed to succeed as technologists, leaders, and entrepreneurs.
  • Kanarys, a platform that offers employers a data-driven approach to improving their diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.
  • Mentoring methodthat matches learners and workers with mentors to help them build relationships and develop the social capital they need to advance in their careers.
  • Rampa skills-based recruitment platform that creates new career paths for job seekers that may be overlooked in traditional recruitment processes.
  • Opportunities Hub (OHUB)holding parent company of a suite of companies committed to increasing racial equity in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
  • Praxis Laboratorieswhich is at the forefront of applying virtual reality to help organizations create more empathetic, equitable and inclusive workplaces.

To learn more about the report and all the Innovators to Watch, see the full report here.

Comcast NBCUniversal’s partnership with JFF is part of UP projectthe company’s global initiative to advance digital equity and help build a future of limitless possibility.

ABOUT FUTURE JOBS: Jobs for the Future (JFF) is a national nonprofit organization that drives transformation in America’s workforce and education systems. For nearly 40 years, JFF has led the way in designing innovative and scalable solutions that create access to economic advancement for all. www.jff.org

ABOUT COMCAST CORPORATION: Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company that connects people in the moments that matter. We are primarily focused on broadband, aggregation and streaming with 57 million customer relationships across United States and Europe. We provide broadband, wireless and video through our Xfinity, Comcast Business and Sky brands; create, distribute and broadcast premier entertainment, sports and news through Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, Universal Studio Group, Sky Studios, NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, multiple cable networks, Peacock, NBCUniversal News Group, NBC Sports, Sky News and Sky Sports; and provide memorable experiences at Universal Parks and Resorts at United States and Asia. To visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.

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