This Black Owned Tech Mentorship Program Just Got $1M From Google

The Hidden Genius Project is investing in Oakland's black male youth.

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| November 02 2017,

2:33 pm

Founded by five black male tech entrepreneurs, The Hidden Genius Project was inspired by their dearth of black men employed within the local technology sector. Although Oakland is less than an hour’s drive from the heart of San Francisco, it's more than half black and Hispanic ethnic makeup does not translate to diversity in Silicon Valley. In an interview with Yahoo Finance, 14-year-old, Desmond Pare said, "None of my friends had ever really talked about focusing on the tech field, but when I go to the Hidden Genius Project everyday everyone [teachers and students] looks like me.”