Invest in Us
Your investment in the Stride Center is an investment in your own community. Stride is creating jobs and launching careers for low income, hard working adults. And, with 40% of our costs covered by our own income sources, you can be assured that your investment will go further.
FIGHTING POVERTY IN OUR INNER CITIES
Even as California continues to lead in the technology innovation that drives the economy, concentrated pockets of profound poverty and unemployment remain.
The people who live in these communities, where unemployment rates can be almost double the national average, and where close to 40 percent of families are living in poverty, are the people The Stride Center serves.
At a time when jobs are becoming scarce and competitive, IT remains one of the fastest growing fields in the U.S. There is a high demand for IT Professionals, and unemployment in the IT Sector is a mere 4%. U.S. employers are expected to need close to half a million more IT workers in positions such as network analysts, technical support specialists, and systems administrators by 2016.* The Stride Center noticed the IT skills gap and decided to solve it by utilizing the employment gap in underserved communities. In order to overcome these two gaps, it takes one big leap—or Stride—for individuals to achieve economic self-sufficiency.
By harnessing the power of technology, our goal is to ensure that they do not continue to be left behind – to ensure they are prepared to participate in the online world and in the high-value technology economy.
The power of The Stride Center, to make our vision and the hopes of our students and graduates come true, is built on a network of alliances and partnerships.
This integrated approach means we are addressing the needs and reality of our students from the whole person perspective. We are working across the entire community to give our students all the support, tools and training they need to not just gain a qualification, and not just get a job, but to develop a long-term career and an assured future for themselves and their families.
Empower Someone Towards a Sustainable Career Path
Since 2000, The Stride Center has provided more than 2,400 individuals from underserved and economically impoverished communities with training and access to successful careers in the high-growth technology sector. They have changed from unemployed or unemployable to self-sufficient, certified IT professionals. Their actions and visible success are changing the way they and others in the same situation now view their own futures and potential.
The impact of access to education, experience and employment is profound. The journey is not easy. The commitment and investment required from students is significant.
But so are the results.
By harnessing the power of technology, the Stride Center is striving to ensure that underserved communities are not left behind – to ensure they are prepared to participate in the online world and in the high-value technology economy.
The power of The Stride Center to ensure that underserved communities are not left behind and that they are fully prepared to participate in the online world and in the high-value technology economy is built on a network of alliances and partnerships, and is supported by The Stride center's own social ventures ReliaTech and EmpowerNet. Together these two ventures provide work experience and jobs, and prepare and train other community-based organizations to implement The Stride Center's holistic training program statewide.
The enterprising model pioneered by The Stride Center is working. Please help us as we continue to create opportunity for those in some of the poorest communities in the San Francisco Bay Area and Greater Sacramento region. Today we have sites in San Pablo, Oakland, Concord and Sacramento, with several more communities requesting support.
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Invest In Success
An investment in the Stride Center is an investment in people. People who are making a career change into IT and progress into a life of self-sufficiency for themselves and their families. The graduates of the Stride Center are earning $15 to $25 per hour in entry-level positions.
The programs are delivered in some of the poorest communities that have the least resources available to participate in the tech economy. Through the Stride Center program, these individuals are able to benefit from technical and soft skill training to better their career prospects.
IT professionals, competitive talent pool, financial dividends, active community participants, scalable social venture model, highly specialized training product with direct results.
Making a gift to support the work of The Stride Center is simple.
An online gift will go farther and conserve resources. A monthly donation will allow The Stride Center to rely on a steady source of income that will, in turn, allow us to train more individuals in even more deserving communities.
Please also consider the following ways to benefit The Stride Center.
In Honor/In Memory
Your donation in the name of a friend or loved one will help support and expand The Stride Center's training offering and reach even more deserving communities.
Fund the future of The Stride Center through your estate planning or special gifts.
Donate in-kind products and services. We currently need up to date computer hardware, software, and classroom furniture/supplies
IF YOU PREFER TO GIVE VIA MAIL, SEND TO:
The Stride Center
1212 Broadway, Suite 400
Oakland, CA 94612
Attn: Debra Gore-Mann
TO GIVE BY PHONE, PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE:
Monday – Friday between 10am – 5pm PST,
510.234.1300 ext 122