For Immediate Release
August 13, 2012
SFPD Media Relations Unit
SAN FRANCISCO POLICE CHIEF GREG SUHR AND SF.CITI CELEBRATE
FUTURE GRADUATES SUMMER TECH INTERNSHIP PROGRAM GRADUATION
SAN FRANCISCO – Today San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr and sf.citi celebrated the completion of the inaugural Future Graduates Summer Tech Internships program, honoring the students with paid stipends and certificates of achievement. The closing ceremony featured speakers from participating tech companies, sf.citi, SFPD Command staff, SFUSD students enrolled in the program, and a showcase multimedia presentation. sf.citi funded the program with a $25,000 grant.
"When we began this program, I told you the statistics related to High School graduation. This summer internship program is part of the long term plan to keep our youth in school, help them graduate High School and have the opportunity to go on to college and live successful positive lives." said SF Police Chief Greg Suhr. “I want to thank sf.citi for putting this program together, and thank everyone that helped make this years program a positive experience for our youth and it's something that we will continue for years to come. I thank the private business partners and the other law enforcement agencies that made this program the wonderful success that it is.”
A partnership between the San Francisco Police Foundation and San Francisco Citizens Initiative for Technology and Innovation, the inaugural Future Graduates Summer Tech Internships program was created to enhance high school youth access to real-world job training by placing students at innovative SF-based tech companies in paid summer internships. Preparing them for success, the program encourages students to graduate high school, pursue fulfilling careers, and lead productive, healthy lives, highlighting the innumerable possibilities of success and learning that lie ahead.
"It is terrific to see how far our graduates have come in just a few short weeks. I have no doubt that these students are the leaders of the future both in the tech industry and in our community,” said Ron Conway, Chair of San Francisco Citizens Initiative for Technology and Innovation. “sf.citi is proud to partner with Chief Suhr and the San Francisco Police Foundation on this important project and look forward to training even more students to lead productive lives and give back to their community."
Twenty San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) high school students, ages 14-18 accepted the internships at 12 San Francisco-based tech companies. sf.citi member tech companies participating were: Pathbrite, Jawbone, Giggo, 6waves, Hipmunk, Sincerely, Zozi, Black Founders, Cloudera, Zoosk, blackgirlsCODE, Viumbe. The eight-week program began June 20th, 2012 and ended August 3rd, 2012 with each student receiving a $1,250 stipend funded by a $25,000 sf.citi grant.
“It’s been amazing. I’ve done a lot of cool stuff and had a lot of fun working on websites and learning about developing games, apps, and surveys. I work Monday through Friday for 5 hours each day. I am saving most of my stipend to save for college and using a small amount of it for spending money on clothes, etc. I want to eventually go to college and become a nurse or a teacher, something in the Public Sector and I think tech can be applied in both professions because you need to do a lot with technology and computer work for both in the classroom and at doctor’s offices or the hospital. My dream is to go to Harvard or UC Berkeley. I definitely want to do this program again…it’s always been my dream to work during the summer and now that dream is accomplished. I’m just so grateful to be here!” - Nely Rodriguez, Future Graduate Summer Tech Intern @ Giggo
The Future Graduates Summer Tech Internships program, showing tech‘s dedication to our city, accompanied Mayor Lee’s 5,000 summer jobspledge for San Francisco youth.
“Intern Haitao did a phenomenal job working on Zoosk's "Love Lessons" series, including their latest video "Love Lessons with a Makeup Artist":http://youtu.be/qA3PvfgFX9E.
- Jane Barrett, Zoosk about Haitao, Future Graduate Summer Tech Intern @ Zoosk.
sf.citi member company Pathbrite helped students track their internship progress throughout the summer using Pathbrite's People Portfolios, a new way to showcase a lifetime of learning and personal achievement online.
"Our mission is to help students showcase the entirety of their skills and achievements, inside and out of the classroom, when applying for employment opportunities," stated Heather Hiles, CEO of Pathbrite. "The experiences students gained during their Future Graduates internships are just the first step to long and successful careers. We're honored to be a part of their journey."
The San Francisco Police Foundation is a non-profit organization formed by citizens in 2011 to aid San Francisco Police Officers in their service to the community. (www.sanfranciscopolicefoundation.org)
San Francisco Citizens Initiative for Technology and Innovation (sf.citi) is an organization created to leverage the power of the technology community around civic action in San Francisco. sf.citi supports innovative policies and works collaboratively with government to find new solutions to historic problems facing San Francisco, and consolidate a voice in promotion of tech sector interests and growth. Over 300 San Francisco based tech companies and organizations are members of sf.citi. (www.sfciti.com)
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