Just when we thought gentrification couldn't get worse, last week we heard about "hyper gentrification," where developers and realtors are quickly renovating formerly underfunded, undeveloped, and undesired neighborhoods for even faster profit. According to the Wall Street Journal, West Oakland is the next target for investors. The area that until recently has been home to lower-income African American families (and a healthy community of artists), is being marketed as the best place to buy. It's depressing to think that whole communities could soon disappear, and it's easy to point fingers at the powers that are pushing out the little guys. But instead of just blaming people or giving up, several Oakland organizations are working on solving the root of the issue: limited access to necessary equipment and skill sets, and a lack of interest and encouragement to help youth of color get jobs, especially in the tech sector.
Tomorrow, Oakland Local, Impact HUB Oakland, Black Girls CODE, Hack the Hood, and The Hidden Genius Project will gather for #YouthTechOakland, an event to help Oakland youth of color learn tech and business skills. The discussion will focus on how we can get more people, especially minority students, access to the workforce in the Bay Area.
If you're in tech, education, or are just interested in helping out, join and/or support the cause for #YouthTechOakland here. And if you're in San Francisco, you may want to check out BAYCAT, a non-profit in Bayview helping educate and empower underserved populations in digital media. Stay tuned, The Bold Italic is working on a photography contest with BAYCAT in November. We'll be publishing more info soon!
Photos via Hack the Hood and Oakland Local