Getting to know the Geek League

Jeremie Bacon wrote this on Aug 02

Chcago Tech Rocks is only two months away! Have you puchased your concert and raffle tickets yet? We wanted to take a short break from our preparations for the concert and introduce you to another of our amazing beneficiary organizations: the Geek League!

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What if nonprofits could join forces, without fear of losing funders to competition, to deepen their visibility and impact? These are questions we asked and the Geek League was our answer.

Who is the Geek League?

Each one a strong member of Chicago’s tech ecosystem, a group of nonprofits and social enterprises formed the Geek League in 2015 to expand the pathways to tech careers for underserved youth and adults.

We are working together to create opportunities for underserved high school students and young adults through a blend of education, skills training and work experience, and to connect employers to strategies that improve the tech sector.

Our objective is to serve as a model for collaboration among nonprofit tech leaders, working toward the realization of talent in our cities.

What does the Geek League do?

We work collectively to strengthen the technology talent pipeline (from education to employment) by giving companies an opportunity to invest in the future of their workforce.

These opportunities include funding programs aligned with their values, engaging existing employees in working with young people in the industry, and informing educational and workforce decision-makers about what skills and curriculum are critical for future generations to be successful and make exceptional employees.

We also work together to improve technology education and job readiness for students and young adults through educational programs, social and emotional curriculum, work experiences, and networking connections to professionals.

We are changing the perceptions and narrative around disconnected youth capable of coming to the table with the resiliency toolkit they’ve developed over a lifetime of facing adversity. At the same time we are changing the way these individuals perceive themselves and the opportunities available to them.

What’s the goal?

Our vision is to provide opportunity to all underserved youth and adults through technology training and education, and to close the technology skills gap.

Through our collaborative group, more underserved youth and adults receive the training and support to succeed in technology careers and higher education. As a tech cluster, the Geek League can pursue funding from national foundations, requiring larger infrastructures and leverage each other's strengths and resources to impact all of our organizations and all of our participants.

We hope that more organizations will join us and that the Geek League will form a connective tissue across the tech industry, making it more accessible to underserved talent and energizing employers around a larger entry-level pipeline, while creating a more connected feedback loop for workforce and educational entities.

Meet the Geek League at CTR!

The best way to meet the Chicago Tech Academy team is by snagging your tickets to  Chicago Tech Rocks! 

Buy your tickets now!

Over the next few weeks we’ll introduce you to our three remaining beneficiary organizations. In the meantime, please help us meet our fundraising goal; buy your event tickets now and help us spread the word!

When: September 28, 2017; doors open at 6:00pm, first band plays at 6:45

Where: Metro Chicago, 3730 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613

Headliner: Pup

Openers: The evening will open with performances from two local bands; Bottlerocket and The Noise FM.

And, of course, nothing would be possible without the incredible generosity from our sponsors generous sponsors: Synap, kCura, TechNexus, Shure, ZokuVault,SongFinch, and ChicagoInno.

For information on sponsorship opportunities, please visit: https://www.chicagotechrocks.org/be-a-sponsor