The Urban Hip Tech Foundation (UHTF) is a community-based organization designed to galvanize those underrepresented in the technology industry. We are shifting the trajectory of their future by teaching 21st century skills through tech literacy, critical thinking and entrepreneurship. Our mission is to transform the ecosystem of urban communities into innovative technology hubs that serve as a catalyst to increase Black and Brown representation in the technology industry. We are ‘Closing the Divide” by establishing a blueprint of worldclass technical training and providing the necessary resources for Black and Brown people to excel in Tech. We believe that one solution lies in connecting tech and social justice leaders to spearhead revolutionary programs that benefit Youth/At-Risk Youth and the successful reintegration of former inmates into society.

The westside of Los Angeles, Silicon Beach, is home to over 500 tech companies including Google, Yahoo and YouTube. However, urban Los Angeles is a “tech desert” due to the lack of access to technology in the disadvantaged areas. In addition, the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to increased unemployment rates. Urban Hip Tech Foundation is closing the Digital Divide by providing minority youth and adults access.

Studies have proven that an educated workforce contributes to building the economy. Urban Hip Tech Foundation is transitioning ex-felons from tax takers to tax makers by providing tech and entrepreneurship training. Education and transferrable skills afford the community reduction of crime and allows re-entry into the work force.