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LGBT+ Youth Summer Tech Camps
Maven Youth

Oakland, CA      Education


Maven Youth fosters innovative solutions that empower LGBT+ youth to network, organize and educate for social change. We envision a world where LGBT+ youth are equipped with the knowledge, skill, and ability to create innovative tech solutions — where youth are provided career pathways into technology and supported to advance within the tech industry through training, mentorship and application.

We see a world where LGBT+ youth are free to explore their identity and career free from bullying and hateful speech – a world where the tech industry is changing how the LGBT+ community is represented in games and media, and diverse tech professionals rise within the industry.

Each year we partner with local LGBT+ youth serving organizations and LGBT+ tech professionals to provide free summer tech camps. Maven’s hallmark LGBT+ Youth Summer Tech Camps:

  • Expose LGBT+ youth to career pipelines into the tech sector - from engineers and coders to graphic designers and writers to human resources and talent recruiters.
  • Transform the tech sector through collaborative partnerships that provide tech professionals and companies an opportunity to pay it forward and pave a pathway for a more diverse workforce.
  • Connect local LGBT+ youth serving nonprofits with tech industry resources and volunteers to support the critical services they provide to LGBT+ youth year-round.

Maven camps are free and provide a safe space for LGBT+ youth learn and engage with peers over the summer. Our camps serve 70-100 LGBT+ youth between the ages of 14-19 and have been held in California, Texas, New York and Washington DC. During our camps, LGBT+ youth receive:

  • Training in programming, game creation, digital art and storytelling by tech professionals and youth
  • Mentorship and guidance from LGBT+ tech professionals
  • Social justice and diversity in technology awareness building
  • Tours and exposure to 5-10 tech companies and their staff
  • Team building and networking to build lasting relationships

This RoomFunding Project will help fund 70 LGTBQ+ youth attend summer camp.

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65% funded

2500 room nights needed

140 children's lives impacted

Why We Like This Project

Maven Youth is such a great way to support and offer LGBT+ youth across the nation a safe place not only to be themselves, but a place where they can learn and engage with their peers about career pathways into the tech industry. For some, this is their light at the end of the tunnel.

Veronica Lee Global Account Manager

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