August 15, 2022

The LA based Non-Profit Training Minority Youth To Succeed in Tech.

LA-based tech non-profit, Minor-IT has expanded its I.T. training services to help African American and minority youths hoping to succeed in the I.T. industry. 

Minor-IT, founded in 2019 by Stephen Jones, works to enable minority youth to help them pursue I.T. careers through educational experience, peer-to-peer learning, and networking. 

They offer guidance and mentoring to help students with the tools needed to achieve unlimited career success. They also sponsor counsel and network with children and teens to help facilitate change in an underrepresented industry. 

“For me, breaking into I.T., getting certs, and things like that were hard. I also noticed there were rarely people that looked like me in these positions. I want to change that,” said Stephen Jones, CTO and founder of Minor-I.T. 

New research has revealed only 7% of Black Americans hold I.T. positions in the U.S. Tech sector, which is significantly lower than their white counterparts. 

“I want more black kids to get excited about I.T. and hopefully get them jobs paying $20+ an hour. Could you imagine what a $20/hr job can do for a household nowadays? We’re helping in any ways that we can and are looking for any Black/African American kids looking to get into I.T.” 

Minor-IT is committed to using its services to build the next generation of leaders in I.T. By services aim to improve their prospects for financial security, and they hope they will be able to give hope back to the community.  

Kumba Kpakima

Kumba Kpakima is a reporter at POCIT. A documentary about the knife crime epidemic in the UK got her a nomination for the UK's #30toWatch Young Journalists of the Year.