We have a huge opportunity to prepare young people for the 1.4 million tech jobs that will be available nationwide by 2020. About a third of these projected jobs will go unfilled unless we develop a diverse technology pipeline in low income neighborhoods like the South Bronx. Since, half of these jobs will not require a Bachelor’s degree, these jobs are more attainable disconnected youth.
In the face of increased poverty, economic inequality and unemployment, The Knowledge House is dedicated to placing young adults at the center of leading innovation in their neighborhoods to spur community-based economic development. TKH invests in underutilized young adults so that they may develop professionally and launch careers or ventures to uplift their communities.
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Jerelyn RodriguezCo-Founder and CEO
Jerelyn Rodriguez is the Co-Founder and CEO of The Knowledge House. As an alumna of the first KIPP schools, Jerelyn was raised with the belief that knowledge is power. This hunger for knowledge and the opportunity to leverage technology for social good inspired her to start The Knowledge House. Previously, she coordinated STEM after-school programming at Beyond Z and was the Bronx Field Director for Reshma Saujani's 2013 campaign for New York City Public Advocate. In 2011, Jerelyn joined Students for Education Reform (SFER) as the National Program Director, organizing and coaching college students in 35 states to advocate for education reform. Prior to SFER, Jerelyn worked in the public school system, teaching and designing student programs. Jerelyn has a degree in film studies from Columbia University. Jerelyn has recently spoken on panels at SXSWedu, the New York City Social Innovation Festival and NASA’s SpaceApps Challenge. She is on the leadership council for South Bronx Rising Together, a founding Datanaut at NASA, a fellow at Camelback Ventures, and the Entrepreneur in Residence at the BXL: Bronx Business Incubator
Joe CarranoCo-Founder and Chief Technology Officer
Joe Carrano is the Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of The Knowledge House. He is a self taught technologist and NYC native who has utilized technology and tech education to spur entrepreneurship and economic empowerment in NYC's most underserved communities. Previously Joe acted as Director of the Bronx Business Incubator and incubated over 150 South Bronx Based startups providing them with technology and start up strategy consulting and support. He is the chief organizer of the Bronx Digital, a meetup group which provides free technology workshops, and hack-a-thons to communities in the South Bronx. Today, Joe spends his day time as the Director of Technology at ColorOfChange.org, a non-profit advocacy organization using technology to increase the political engagement of people of color
Khalid BennettExecutive Assistant / Office Manager
Khalid Bennett joined The Knowledge House in 2014 as the Communications Coordinator. Since graduating from Syracuse University in 2011 with a degree in Psychology, Khalid has ventured into many fields, mainly blogging. He is dedicated to promoting The Knowledge House through all types of social media and networking. He has aspirations of becoming either a sound engineer or full-time blogger. His interests include music, audio, writing, blogging, and sports. He's also the Assistant Manager at the BXL Bronx Business Incubator.
Tunisia MitchellProgram Director
Tunisia is the most recent addition to The Knowledge House team. Tunisia has successfully led fundraising efforts for various digital media projects and documentary artists. She not only is proficient in effective digital presence, marketing, and outreach, she is also an anthropologist and researcher. Tunisia is a Media Professional and documentarian with extensive expertise and experience with kids, technology, and cultural relations