The Knowledge House was founded in 2014, by Jerelyn Rodriguez and Joe Carrano, who recognized the need for a nonprofit organization that provided a career pathway for those who had either dropped out of college or had never had the opportunity to attend.
It was originally launched through a pilot initiative, a ten-week program for young adults in Hunts Point, one of the poorest neighborhoods in the country with high rates of home health issues and homelessness. The program taught students entrepreneurship skills, web development, and digital marketing.
Today, The Knowledge House has served more than 1,750 students and is expanding rapidly, growing from a staff of four in 2016 to 20 in 2019. Students initially come to us as food servers, rideshare drivers and delivery people. They graduate as UX/UI designers, game designers, and full-stack web developers. On average, 75% percent of graduates have full-time jobs, internships or gig economy jobs in tech.
of staff are people of color and hail from the same communities as fellows
budget growth year after year
of adult graduates secure employment
graduation rate across programs
youth & young adults served to date
Bronx-native, Jerelyn is a graduate from Columbia University and developed a career in city politics and education. In 2016 she was named on the Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Education list and is currently on the leadership council for South Bronx Rising Together, a board member at Creo College Prep and the KIPP Foundation.
Joe brings a wealth of experience from a successful career as an incubator manager, intrapreneur, product specialist and web developer. He led the launch of BXL Bronx Business Incubator where he coached over 50 startups and businesses and is Founder and Chief Technical Consultant of a Bronx based technology consultancy, 718 Digital Inc.