As part of its community education initiative, Apple will work with the Oakland-based non-profit organization Dream Corps to provide educational and labor education opportunities for young adults with a career placement goal in the technology sector.
The partnership will build on the success of Dream Corps #YesWeCode Initiative, which aims to "help 100,000 young women and men from under-represented backgrounds, find success in the technology sector." #YesWeCode has already graduated about 100 people and has placed 60 percent of them in new tech jobs.
"We are thrilled to launch this new initiative in Oakland," said Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president of environment, politics and social initiatives. "Our hope is that by bringing together expertise, stakeholders and resources, we will be able to enlarge the already impressive effect that the Dream Corps has in the Bay Area and across the nation and help a new generation of young people realize their potential." [1
Vien Truong is the CEO of Dream Corps. She is the youngest of 11 children, born of an immigrant couple who migrated from Vietnam in the 1970s. She and her family have called Oakland home for decades. She joined Dream Corps in 2015 with the goal of expanding the opportunities for young people in Oakland and beyond.
"I see the Dream Corps as a peace corps for the American dream," said Truong. "It's about making sure we can help support people living or growing up in communities like mine. And this partnership with Apple will help unlock the untapped genius and talent of those communities, which will allow a new generation to achieve their dreams. "Programming programs and programs for Apple and Dream Corps will be launched later this year in the Bay Area. Dream Corps works with the Mayor Office and Oakland City to identify and assess potential sites for a dedicated space to support this program and other related labor development and social entrepreneurship.
Source: Apple Inc.
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