SF Software Development Firm, Yeti, Partners with Mission Bit to Help Bridge the Gentrification Gap & Bring Diversity to Tech

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Yeti has been volunteering with Mission Bit to help traditionally underrepresented Bay Area high school students become integrated in the local tech scene.

One of our Board Members often says, 'We're in Mecca, but we’re not teaching religion.’

Yeti, a design and development agency in San Francisco, has teamed up with Mission Bit to help traditionally underrepresented Bay Area high school students learn how to code and become integrated in the local tech scene to help bridge the gentrification gap and bring diversity to the tech industry.

“One of our Board Members often says, 'We're in Mecca, but we’re not teaching religion,’” Christina Ortega, Mission Bit CEO, said. “The Bay Area is booming with tech companies and opportunities and yet little is being done to assure that our local youth gain the necessary skills to be part of the competition for those opportunities."

Christina says that the biggest challenges to continue to keep Mission Bit free for students, is sustaining an operational budget and finding local tech companies to donate time and space for different student events. Yeti was excited to be able to give back their time and space.

Most recently, Mission Bit visited Yeti HQ in SoMa for one of their quarterly field trips. Essentially a “speed dating meets career talks” meetup where about 30 Mission Bit students got to talk to the Yeti co-founders and employees about their different roles in a software development company.

“The field trip the students took to the office was so rewarding for us,” said Rudy Mutter, CTO and co-founder of Yeti, who got referred to Mission Bit while actively looking for an organization to get involved with to help give back locally. “It was inspiring to have these young, really smart kids interested in software development and asking us thoughtful questions about how we got to where we are now and how we worked on different projects. This program is so important for the Bay Area.”

Back in May, Rudy and the dev team first visited the Mission Bit students after school at Mission High School. In addition to field trips and career prep, the students participate in different classes and workshops often taught by former Mission Bit alumni, like Cora Monokandilos, and other volunteers, from graduate students to tech company engineers.

Other notable tech companies like Twillio and Uber ATG have been big sponsors of time and space in the past for field trips and Mission Bit’s annual “Demo Day.” Mission Bit is always looking for new companies to volunteer.

The Mission Bit annual Gala event, their biggest fundraising event of the year, is being sponsored by big names like Facebook.

To learn more about Mission Bit and how you may be able to help, please visit MissionBit.com.

About Yeti: Yeti partners with industry-leading companies to research, design and develop innovative digital products. Out of our studio in San Francisco, we guide our clients through the product development process from strategy sessions and prototyping to producing ready-to-release mobile and web applications. We share our expertise in these areas through workshops, classes, and in-person developer training.

About Mission Bit: Mission Bit strives to eliminate the tech divide for youth living in urban poverty and rural areas across the San Francisco Bay Area by building computer programming and professional opportunity pathways for public school students. We provide everything the students need, they just need to show up and be eager to learn. No prior experience required.

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