Hope IT is a Christian-based effort showing God’s love and hope to underserved kids in Pasadena by gaining IT/computer skills. We do this in a few ways.
We have courses at no charge on Saturday mornings, in February, June and October.
Hope IT has a mindset that God’s is the source of gifts — including technology — and our people and partnerships are key to reaching and encouraging kids to learn, and see their future positively. Read more here how we do this.
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Our June 2023 course will feature the Python programming language, allowing a virtual robot to get better at solving a maze. Reach us to have your kids sign up. Or your student in your organization can sign up by clicking here. Again, there is no charge for our courses.
Hope IT is putting together a paid, 4 week internship, for one student to use their WordPress skills. We will have more updates soon.
Hope IT is partnering with the Door of Hope to offer a Robotics course for their youth in April 2023. This will be a 4 week course on Saturday mornings, on-site at the Door of Hope facility. Hope IT is open to discuss offering a course at your site. Reach out to us for what is possible.
Bridges is Hope IT’s fiscal sponsor. Bridges allows Hope IT to receive tax deductible donations. In accordance with IRS guidelines for maintaining your ability to deduct your contribution from your taxes, through donating on this site, you acknowledge that the Board of Directors of Bridges retains sole discretion for directing funds in accordance with the mission of Bridges.
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Our Hope IT courses are geared for beginners. We offer our courses in October, February and June. We meet for 4 Saturday mornings in these months, and each session is about 2 hours long. You’ll be amazed how quickly you can learn new skills, and we think you will have fun. Join us, and sign up for our next course (by contacting your organization or church leader.)
Hope IT course coming up:
Our next course coming up in June 2023 will be teaching the Python programming language, guiding a virtual robot to make better choices to solve a maze. See this link for an overview. Sign up by clicking here. This will be an in-person course. Reach out if your students are interested.
We are also currently partnering with the Door of Hope to offer a Robotics course for their youth in April. See this link for an overview. 2 students that took the course in October will be assistants in this upcoming course. This is the 2nd time we will teach this course.
Courses offered in the past:
We log the Hope IT courses held in the past here for others to learn from, to assist others to teach students, as well as students to learn from on their own:
In September 2021, Hope IT was very grateful to partner with Liberia Renewal Ministries (LRM), offering a Basic Computer Skills course for 15 students in Liberia, Africa. How do you guide students that have never touched a computer before? What if a Hope IT student taught this course? That is exactly what happened!
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Mindset, People and Structure
Hope IT is a Christian-based effort showing God’s love and hope to underserved kids in Pasadena by gaining IT/computer skills. We do this by our mindset, our people, and our structure.
God loves us: God’s love and hope is most important. Yes, education and good jobs are nice, but that is not enough. Knowing this, Hope IT reminds kids that God has been in all of our lives, in our past, right now in our present, and God intends a good future for us. All of us. That is an important message for our kids to hear, internalize, and believe that for themselves. We simply do this by praying before each of our course sessions. At the end of each session, we have a short Scriptural reflection. We also send this message in a non-verbal way, making sure our space for our courses is welcoming. We take care to make sure our students are emotionally and physically safe. Also, the pace of the topics in our courses are geared for beginners.
Goal: Our goal is for kids in Hope IT, after high school, be able to decide to go straight in to an IT job, or go to college, with a variety of technical, leadership, service skills and experiences. Read our initial ideas; they will evolve as we learn what works best.
Kids: Kids coming to Hope IT courses are the underserved. They usually do not focus on IT topics. They usually do not interact with professionals in the IT industry. Kids in Hope IT courses are coming from local churches in Northwest Pasadena, from foster group homes, from organizations serving families experiencing homelessness, from after-school programs, and others. Hope IT’s aim is to start with kids between the ages of 11 or 13. The advantage of starting at a young age is give them time to gain skills and confidence. Over time, as they come to more Hope IT courses, they will gain IT skills and concepts.
Team of Volunteers: All Hope IT team members are volunteers. Most of us have many years of working in the IT industry. Bringing our knowledge and experiences, we can guide kids to learn and explore, as well as allow them to chart their own path. Our ratio of team members to kids is more that 1:1. When we had in-person courses (pre-COVID), we have more Hope IT team members than students at our courses. Now in COVID, on-line courses, we have a ratio of one or 2 instructors to 4 kids.
Courses: We have offered a number of courses, at no cost, starting back in 2018. Hope IT tries to create courses that are fun and introductions to large IT topics. We have 3 courses per school year, in October, February and June. Each course is 4 weeks, meeting on Saturday mornings, for usually 2 hours each session. Our courses have had 3 to 8 students in them. This is our main approach to allow underserved kids to gain IT and computer skills
Partnership: Hope IT highly values partnerships, with local groups and organizations, be it tutoring programs and churches, or large and small businesses and non-profits. Kids from a number of partners in the Pasadena area have attend our courses. Eventually, Hope IT look to create relationships with companies; we hope create opportunities for tours, as well as internships and jobs for kids going through our program.
Knox Support: Hope IT is supported by Knox Presbyterian Church in Pasadena. We are grateful that Knox provides rooms for our courses, liability insurance for our students and team members, background checks of our team members, and well as financial support.
Bridges: Hope IT gets a lot of support from Bridges. They are Hope IT’s fiscal sponsor, so we can receive tax-deductible donations, as well as providing us other financial services, like all the details of paying kids for their work in running courses, with all the taxes and worker compensations. Bridges also provides monthly coaching to help make Hope IT stronger and more effective. Hope IT was highlighted at Bridges’ 2021 Annual Event.
Hope IT is grateful to God for new opportunities. We are really expanding: here are a few highlights. With this expansion, we are now in need of financial support. This is the first time we are asking for financial assistance to support this expansion. Hope IT is grateful to have 2 courses completed last month, …
Hope IT – New Year, New efforts Happy New Year!! Hope IT has welcomed the new year, starting quickly and has many plans for the rest of this school year. Also, this is the 7th year for Hope IT. We thank God. Hope IT has started a 6 week Roblox game creation course with 10 …
Hope IT is grateful for 2 students and our partners, for successfully completing our Introduction to Robotics course. After reconnecting with our partners, we had 2 students from the Door of Hope to attend our Robotics course in October. Here are a few highlights: Each week, we saw the students learn. They wired different circuits. …