Join YTH, REACH Ashland Youth Center, and the Level Playing Field Institute in this unique event to bridge the digital opportunity gap for underrepresented youth (particularly young people of color) and underserved communities.
Health Hackathon winners will showcase their ideas in San Francisco on April 6 2014 at YTH Live http://ythlive.org
the premier annual conference for technology innovation serving youth health and wellness.
Developers: We’re looking for 20 of you! You will each be assigned to a team of 5 youth hackers for the weekend. Don’t worry – we’ll train you. Keep Thursday night, April 3rd open. Requires experience with tech, IT, engineering, past hackathons, or related experience. You’ll need to stay for the whole weekend – it’s okay, though, once you’re there you won’t want to leave.
Youth Mentor: We’re looking for 20 of you! You will each be assigned to a team of 5 youth hackers (and one developer) for the weekend to provide team facilitation and support. Don’t worry – we’ll train you. Keep Thursday night, April 3rd open. Requires experience working with youth, youth development, mentoring, group facilitation, or related experience. You’ll need to stay for the whole weekend – it’s okay, though, once you’re there you won’t want to leave.
General Volunteer: General volunteers are needed and appreciated for all other on-site duties, including assistance with handing out t-shirts, organizing food, etc. General volunteers are not required to be present throughout the entire event, and any time that they can contribute is welcome in scheduled segments throughout the weekend. No training or prior experience is required.
YTH will be the primary coordinator for the event. YTH will provide the volunteers as well as the health tech experts and peers to frame the issues the young coders will try to solve. YTH will coordinate the fundraising, communications, and live tweeting and social media during the event. YTH will be responsible for connecting the hackathon to our conference, YTH Live, April 6-8th in San Francisco, by providing job openings, funding opportunities, and networking connections to the grand prize winning teams.
REACH Ashland Youth Center http://reachashland.org
REACH is a state of the art facility in unincorporated Ashland within Alameda County. It is open to all residents of Alameda County aged 11-24. REACH has programs for recreation, education, arts, career, and health & wellness (mental health, physical health and dental health) and partnerships with the County Departments of Health, Probation, Library, with local school districts, and more. Opened in June of 2013, REACH already has over 2,000 registered members, that are very diverse, including a large number of Latino and African American youth. REACH will provide the facility and associated services (security, janitorial, etc.) for the Hackathon, as well as marketing and promotion to their members to recruit 100 young people to participate.
The Level Playing Field Institute http://lpfi.org
The Level Playing Field Institute is committed to eliminating the barriers faced by underrepresented people of color in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and fostering their untapped talent for the advancement of our nation. The Level Playing Field Institute will provide the tech and design thinking training for volunteers and youth participants.