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  • SUCCESS: Warriors Hoops 4 Kids & Oakland Digital

    Warriors Hoops For Kids Program to Donate $530,000 for Underserved Youth in the Bay Area

    Club to Host Recipients at Tonight’s Game against Memphis; Warriors to Hold On-Court Check Presentation; Team Grants Over $1.5 Million During 2015-16 Season

    The Warriors Community Foundation, in partnership with the Koret Foundation, Taube Family Foundation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company, this season continued the Hoops for Kids program, where Warriors achievements on the court support underserved youth in the Bay Area, it was announced today. Through Hoops for Kids, every Warriors three-pointer made during the 2015-16 regular season yields $500 toward eight organizations working locally to improve educational opportunities and life outcomes for kids. To date, the Warriors have hit an NBA-record 1,057 three-pointers this season (as of April 10, 2016), the first team to reach over 1,000 three-pointers in a single season, raising $530,000 and counting for Hoops for Kids.

    “It is tremendous that we are able to donate over a half of a million dollars to our Bay Area youth through our Hoops For Kids program, and over $1.5 million in total from the Warriors Community Foundation,” said Warriors Co-Executive Chairman and CEO Joe Lacob. “Donations of this level would not be possible without our partners like the Koret Foundation, Taube Family Foundation and PG&E who believe in the same mission as we do to make a lasting impact on our local youth.”

    During pre-game of tonight’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies from 5:00p.m. – 6:00 p.m., the Warriors Community Foundation will host a reception in the Atrium Lounge for Hoops for Kids presenting sponsors and beneficiaries. In addition, the program will be recognized on-court with a check presentation during a time-out during tonight’s game.

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    Including the Hoops for Kids program, the Warriors Community Foundation will have committed more than $1.5 million in total giving over the 2015-16 season to youth development. On November 24, 2015, for the second year in a row, the Foundation announced $1 million in grants to support 36 Bay Area organizations working in college access and readiness, elementary literacy and early childhood development for underserved youth in Alameda and San Francisco Counties. For more detailed information on the grantees and their projects, please visit warriors.com/2015grants.

    This year’s Hoops for Kids program supports:
    Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland – provides safe places to learn and grow, life-enhancing programs and hope and opportunity
    Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco – inspires and enables young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens
    East Bay College Fund – increases college enrollment and success for underserved students by providing college access services, scholarships, mentoring and support networks
    East Oakland Youth Development Center – develops social and leadership capacities in youth to excel in education, career and service to their communities
    Hidden Genius Project – trains and mentors black male youth in technology creation and leadership to become high-performing entrepreneurs
    Oakland Digital – provides students with technical training, mentoring and real-world design and marketing experience with local small businesses
    Playworks – provides play and physical activity at low-income schools, helping children connect with other kids and grow physically, emotionally and socially
    Youth Radio – launches students on career and education pathways by engaging them in media production, creative expression and academic support services

    About the Warriors Community FoundationThe Warriors Community Foundation is dedicated to making a meaningful and lasting impact on the lives of underserved youth in the San Francisco Bay Area. Specifically, the Foundation strives to improve educational outcomes among children in Alameda and San Francisco Counties. Established in 2012 under the new Lacob and Guber ownership group, the Foundation extends the team’s impact locally and continues a longstanding tradition of community involvement. It is sustained by generous contributions from Warriors owners, players, partners and fans. For more information on Hoops for Kids, visit warriors.com/kids.

    About the Koret FoundationBased in San Francisco, the Koret Foundation supports civic, cultural, and educational organizations that promote a vibrant and distinctive Bay Area. Koret focuses its giving in two major areas: strengthening Bay Area anchor institutions and fostering Jewish connection and identity. Since its founding in 1979, Koret has invested nearly $500 million to contribute to a higher quality of civic and Jewish community life. For more information visithttp://www.koretfoundation.org/.

    About Taube PhilanthropiesTaube Philanthropies was established in 1981 by its founder and chairman, Tad Taube. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, with an office in Warsaw, Poland, the Taube Foundation makes philanthropic investments primarily in the Bay Area, Israel and Poland. These include scholarships, youth programs, heritage preservation, arts and culture, education, and community building. Taube Philanthropies is committed to collaborative giving to enhance charitable impact and actively partners with individual donors, foundations and other charitable organizations.. For more information, contact Vera Hannush,vhannush@taubephilanthropies.org or visit taubephilanthropies.org.

    About Pacific Gas and Electric CompanyPacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), and the PG&E Corporation Foundation strive to power strong communities throughout Northern and Central California. In 2015, PG&E contributed more than $25 million to nearly 1,300 charitable organizations, including matching the generosity of employees who donated more than $7.9 million and volunteered more than 86,000 hours to company-supported events. Community investments are funded entirely by the company’s shareholders. For more information, visit www.pge.com/community.

  • Women of Color: Making Moves with Oakland Digital

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    Women of Color: Making Moves

     

    You never know what your presence and appearance means to someone. Being a woman of color interested in the Business industry, it is vital to see an example to look up to. People of color and more specifically women of color have a hard time competing in the Business world. To know, but more importantly, to SEE women of color, doing things that you wondered if they even existed is life changing. We know the opportunities present themselves but the possibility of us actually getting these opportunities are hard to imagine, even if we are told that it is possible everyday.

    Today, I attended a panel at my school titled “What’s Next In Tech” and the panelists were all women of color. It was exhilarating to meet such humble women who were excited to share their experiences in the world of technology. If I wasn’t interested before in the tech industry before, I am now. Here is a list of the things I learned.

    1) There are a such thing as “meet ups”.  – I have heard of Viners meeting up and engaging with their fans but it never occurred to me that people in Business do this tool.

    2) The 30 second commercial – In 30 seconds, you should be able to tell someone your name, your title, what you do and what they should come to you for. This is different than an elevator pitch because you are telling the person what they should come to you for.

    3) You are a student, USE IT! – Use the fact that you are a student to gain learning experiences from professionals in the field you are interested in. The worst thing they can do is say no.

    4) Conferences! – Look for conferences in your area that have to do with the field you are interested in. These can be networking and learning opportunities.

    I truly would like to thank the women who showed up today to be present and be involved in passing along messages to the next generation. If no one has ever told you, it is greatly appreciated.

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    #WhatsNextInTech #CSUEastBay #WomenOfColor #DiversityInTech #CalStateEastBay

    @tiyannalong @adejireb @LindaPoeng @Chelseabron Valerie Williams, Maria Chavez Cantu

    @ODALC @Googleorg @Airbnbdesign @Airbnb @OaklandDigital @pandoracareers
    @BRIDGE_GOOD @twitter @CalStateEastBay @shaun_tai @BankoftheWest

  • Feb. 9: What’s Next In Tech: Women & Diversity in Technology

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    Join Oakland Digital Arts & Literacy Center (ODALC)‘s discussion about Women & Diversity in Tech at the first-ever “What’s Next in Tech” event. WNiT takes a comprehensive look at technology career options with a focus on creating a pipeline of new, diverse talent. Moderated by Board Member & Googler Chelsea Seabron and featuring panelists from Airbnb, Pandora,Google, Bridgegood, and more.

    Be a part of the Live TV audience at Cal State East Bay’s Pioneer TV Studio on Feb 9, 12:15pm, Library 1092 (Library Annex lower level), Hayward Campus – FREE event, early arrival suggested!

    To learn more about Oakland Digital, visit http://www.oaklanddigital.org/

  • Working Towards My Dreams : A Student Reflection

    WORKING TOWARDS MY DREAMS
    A Personal Reflection by Dominique Smith

    I first met Shaun Tai, the executive director of Oakland Digital, at Diablo Valley College where he presented the 2015 “Inspire Oakland” billboard competition to my Art Digital Media class. The competition immediately captured my interest, not only because I could possibly have my art displayed on a billboard, but because I could also have the opportunity to visit a major company and perhaps network with their employees, as well as have the chance to become an intern at Oakland Digital.

    DominiqueSmith-OaklandDigital I was originally hesitant to participate in the competition, because I am not a digital design major. Typography and drawing are not skills of mine, and I did not know much about Illustrator or Photoshop. The reason those conflicts did not prevent me from going forth with the competition is because I remembered I am skilled in other ways, I am skilled at using my imagination to create ideas, stories, images and understand complex concepts. That’s what I thrived off of and used those skills and photography to execute my billboard design.

    Shaun and the Oakland Digital team were much more receptive to my design than I expected, but my design still fell short of the others. For my participation I was rewarded with the opportunity to join Oakland Digital on a tour to the Twitter headquarters in San Francisco, which was an inspiration in itself. I left Twitter more motivated and excited for my future than I ever had been. From my experience at Twitter I learned that whatever industry one pursues there has to be not only hard work put in but passion as well. Getting a job at a place like Twitter doesn’t just happen overnight. It has to do with more than the skills one brings to the table, but the people one knows, and the experience one has.

    Shortly after going to Twitter with Oakland Digital there was a period of time that had elapsed where I only stayed up to date with them through social media and I had not really stayed in contact with Shaun at all. In late November, as my semester at DVC was nearing the end, I reached out to Shaun curious to know if Oakland Digital had anything to offer me not for a career in digital design, but for a career in Public Relations. As I expected, Shaun welcomed me with open arms and asked me to volunteer at Oakland Digital’s 6th annual Inspiration Awards 2015. I accepted the role and it was an honor to work with Shaun and the rest of the Oakland Digital team.

    The Inspiration Awards was truly inspiring, the speakers were amazing, people were very warm and open to conversation, and it felt good to surrounded by people who believe in chasing after their dreams. Shaun had a lot of trust in me that fueled me to successfully get the job done. The award ceremony itself evoked a great amount of emotion in me, because it was another reminder that I have so much to look forward to in life and I truly appreciate Oakland Digital for giving college students like myself the opportunity to work towards our dreams.

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  • #Hoops4Kids & Oakland Digital

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    “Through Hoops for Kids, Golden State Warriors achievements on the court benefit underserved students around the Bay Area. Each Warriors 3-point basket this regular season will generate $500 for local organizations that work to improve opportunities and outcomes for kids. Thanks to the Koret Foundation, the Taube Family Foundation and PG&E, our team’s success is now our community’s success!”and support networks.

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    Oakland Digital provides students with technical training, mentoring, and real-world design and marketing experience with local small businesses.

    Learn more by visiting http://www.nba.com/warriors/kids.

  • Dec 10: Inspiration Awards 2015

    Inspiration Awards 2015 is taking place Thursday, December 10th, 6pm at Oakland Asian Cultural Center located in Chinatown’s Pacific Renaissance Plaza. Join Oakland Digital Arts & Literacy Center (ODALC) as we celebrate leadership, inspiration and positive change in the community. On this special night, we recognize four Bay Area champions:

      1. Golden State Warriors Community Foundation, Executive Director Jose Gordon [Community Leader]
      2. California State University East Bay (CSUEB), President Dr. Leroy M. Morishita [Business Leader]
      3. Laney College, President Dr. Elñora Webb [Education Leader]
      4. VSCO, Co-Founder & CEO Joel Flory [Technology Leader]

    Featuring an exclusive dinner, live entertainment headlined by R&B sensation Netta Brielle, and full-access to the awards ceremony hosted by KPIX CBS San Francisco Bay Area’s Emily Turner.

    Limited table sponsorships available, http://www.inspiration-awards.com, or contact Executive Director Shaun Tai, shaun@odalc.org, 925.297.9370.

  • Twitter employees support BRIDGEGOOD

    Twitter invited Oakland Digital and a group of 20 thought leaders, engineers, designers, and community advocates to discuss next steps for our hiring platform, BRIDGEGOOD. Creatives from Facebook, Google, and San Jose State joined the whiteboard session offering encouragement, constructive criticism, and new ideas essential to bringing our project one step closer to reality.

    BRIDGEGOOD Press Release: http://bit.ly/1G8i9UH

  • SJSU NEWS: San Jose State introduces BRIDGEGOOD.com

    “SJSU students are getting a lesson in entrepreneurship by alumnus Shaun Tai. Tai is the Founder and Executive Director of Oakland Digital, an award-winning non-profit community building organization. Oakland Digital bridges three gaps: Digital Literacy, Opportunity and Tech Inclusion. It’s been operating since 2009 and just recently, received a grant from Google.org to build an app called BRIDGEGOOD.”

    Alumnus Shaun Tai carries tremendous inspiration and passion for community, technology and design. As the founder and executive director of an award-winning non-profit community building organization, Shaun will teach you effective methods to be a strong voice and advocate in your community. You’ll discover how to make an impact by strengthening your leadership and inspiring change!

    Spartan Voices is a Spartan Success Series event, hosted by the Student Alumni Association: www.sjsualumni.com/sss.

  • BRIDGEGOOD.com Awarded Multiyear Grant from Google.org

    Oakland Digital Awarded Multiyear Grant from Google.org: Attendees included the City of Oakland, Golden State Warriors, NewCo and Twitter

    Oakland, CA, October 12, 2015 — Oakland Digital Arts & Literacy Center (Oakland Digital), a not-for-profit design studio for good working to bridge the digital literacy and opportunity divide, received news that Google.org, the charitable arm of Google, will award the nonprofit with a multiyear grant. The funds will build and deploy BRIDGEGOOD, a web-based hiring platform that connects community college designers with real-world job opportunities in the fields of tech and business, while Oakland Digital’s seven-year track record provides the trust and guidance for success.

    Oakland Digital Executive Director Shaun Tai considers BRIDGEGOOD an “absolute game changer.” BRIDGEGOOD answers the “What’s Next?” question that faces 8 million students attending community college: freelance for income, schedule flexibility, and a trajectory of career-oriented jobs,” he stated to stakeholders Thursday. “We are seeking three additional funding partners to raise an additional $100K per year.”

    In collaboration with Google.org, BRIDGEGOOD will successfully complete proof of concept and effectively scale Oakland Digital’s mission, vision and, community impact. The beta launch date is March 2016, and aims to enroll 2,000 active design students by the end of 2018 while encouraging at least one of three pathways: 1) entry-level role in tech, 2) higher education earning a Bachelor’s Degree, or 3) earning a living wage as an independent contractor with meaning and purpose.

    About Google.org: Thousands of Googlers call the Bay Area home, and since 2010 we’ve given more than $100 million to local nonprofit projects. We look for opportunities to increase social impact in our communities, particularly around the challenges of income inequality and housing displacement.

    About Oakland Digital Arts and Literacy Center: Launched in 2009, Oakland Digital is an award-winning, not-for-profit digital marketing agency that trains design students to create social media marketing campaigns for under-resourced women-owned small businesses. Oakland Digital’s programs (INSPIRE, DIGITAL EQUITY, and TECH INCLUSION) have boosted the local economy by $3.2 million and have directly impacted the lives of over 4,000 under resourced Oakland and East Bay entrepreneurs.

    To schedule a meeting with Oakland Digital to discuss BRIDGEGOOD, contact Executive Director Shaun Tai, shaun@odalc.org, 510-435-2945.