Youth Impact

Our experiences. Our stories.

Humaira, 17

San Mateo, CA

I gained valu­able lead­er­ship skills through teach­ing cod­ing class­es to oth­er youth!

I can say with absolute cer­tain­ty that my expe­ri­ences with Maven have been some of the best of my life. Going through their tech camp in SF, I was giv­en a rare glimpse into the inner work­ings of tech com­pa­nies such as Pan­do­ra and Google, some­thing that most teenagers don’t get to see. Work­ing with Maven, I gained valu­able lead­er­ship skills through teach­ing cod­ing class­es to oth­er youth, being project man­ag­er on my team and also lead pro­gram­mer on my game team dur­ing the tech camp, work­ing on Maven’s annu­al Hack 4 Queer Youth hackathon, attend­ing the GLAAD Awards Gala, White House LGBT Tech & Inno­va­tion Sum­mit and many oth­er events. I was also giv­en the oppor­tu­ni­ty to speak on behalf of Maven at the Les­bians Who Tech 2015 Sum­mit in NYC, some­thing that real­ly helped me grow as a per­son and as a leader. 

All of these expe­ri­ences have shaped me up into who I am today. They inspired me and gave me the courage I need­ed to pur­sue a career in tech, mix­ing my pas­sion for music with my love for programming.

I’m cur­rent­ly work­ing towards get­ting a Cre­ative Com­put­ing degree from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Lon­don while also con­tin­u­ing game devel­op­ment with my game team from Maven. I hope to con­tin­ue work­ing with Maven, not only to bet­ter myself but to also pay it for­ward and give oth­er aspir­ing youth techies the best expe­ri­ence possible.

Kwamel, 21

Springfield, MA

My dream job is to become a video game design­er and Maven showed me how fun that job actu­al­ly could be.

The Maven Camp was an expe­ri­ence I won’t soon for­get, that opened my eyes to how much more I had to learn and how eager I can be to wake up the next morn­ing before dawn (yall know what I mean ;)). I’ve always had an inter­est in com­put­ers and video games ever since I saw World of War­craft being run on our col­lege neighbor’s rig. Up until Maven I had only seen a bit of HTML code and built my own com­put­ers. All of the work­shops were easy to under­stand, engag­ing, and fun. At one point we all built our own web­sites and I’ll nev­er for­get how we were all eager to show ours off.

After Maven I decid­ed to aim for com­mu­ni­ty col­lege class­es and to look for boot camps to help progress my expe­ri­ence around com­put­ers. My dream job is to become a video game design­er and Maven showed me how fun that job actu­al­ly could be (along with some oth­er jobs in that genre). I’m glad I was able to attend Maven and to have had such great experience.

Eric, 17

Gilbert, AZ

They made any­one who’s nev­er worked that deep with tech want to learn even more.

When I first heard about Maven it was through my uncle who lives in Cal­i­for­nia he thought it would be a great oppor­tu­ni­ty to do while I was out in Cal­i­for­nia for my sum­mer. When I first came in the door at GitHub with one of my uncles I was ner­vous. I nev­er thought that this would be the place where I would make so many good friends and had so many won­der­ful memories.

Our spon­sors were amaz­ing, the oth­er camp mem­bers were amaz­ing, our pre­sen­ters were great and all the tech com­pa­nies were over the top. They made any­one who’s nev­er worked that deep with tech want to learn even more.

The first hours of me being there I made so many friends. I thought I would be the only one there that did not know how to code com­put­ers. I mean for two years of my life pri­or to this camp all I had done was video pro­duc­tion and video edit­ing so yeah I knew how to use a com­put­er and I could work it pret­ty well but actu­al­ly get­ting inside of the com­put­er now that was a chal­lenge. Maven made last sum­mer the best sum­mer of my life. If you love Tech are even inter­est­ed in Tech & you’re in the LGBT com­mu­ni­ty and want to make some amaz­ing friends that you’ll have for a life­time I would def­i­nite­ly sug­gest that you sign up for maven as soon as possible.

And although I entered being the out­cast the only kid that came from Ari­zona to San Fran­cis­co I lat­er became part of a fam­i­ly that I’ll cher­ish for the rest of my life. Maven helped me see job oppor­tu­ni­ties I thought I would nev­er be able to have and now every time some­one asked me what I want to be or what I want to study after I fin­ish High School I’m stuck between want­i­ng to be a teacher and want­ed to work in a soft­ware company.

Carlean, 17

San Francisco, CA

Now I plan on dou­ble major­ing in Com­put­er Engi­neer­ing and Sci­ence in college!

Hey y’all, I’m Car­lean and I began Maven two years ago I believe. I can hon­est­ly say I was scared, but join­ing Maven I grew con­fi­dence and joy in myself and the work I did at Maven. Maven showed me how there are so many fields In the tech world And also how there are not a lot of women in the tech field. Now I plan on to dou­ble major in Com­put­er engi­neer­ing and Sci­ence in col­lege. Maven is a place where you grow lead­er­ship skills, devel­op self-con­fi­dence, but more­over, you learn beau­ti­ful things about the world and what YOU can do, you find your pas­sion and Maven push­es you to succeed.