The 2021 Innovation Fellowship


The Innovation Fellowship is a new and improved job training program that launched in September 2020. During technical instruction, fellows will be assigned coding problems to solve in pairs or individually. The career development portion of the program covers strategies, tactics, and examples regarding the essential professional skills needed to cultivate one’s career path in the tech industry. In addition, monthly check-ins are our way of ensuring fellows have adequate resources and support to graduate. Finally, as part of the fellowship, students will prepare for an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud project-based practitioner certificate.

In 2021, TKH will offer four Innovation Fellowship tracks, offering 12 months of project-based training, work-based learning and an a paid internship at the end of the program for eligible students. Student will be provided with supportive services:





Learning Tracks

Data Science with Python

In the age of online content and social media, people are generating more data than ever before in human history. It has become more important than ever for companies, governments, and communities to be able to leverage this data to create new products, services and generally improve quality of life. 

This class aims to take you from little to no programming experience to junior data scientists capable of using a technology-based Python programming language to pull useful and actionable information out of the sea of data that surrounds us every day. In this class, you will learn the full extent of the Python programming language, how to access, clean, and analyze web data, and how to work directly with databases using both Python and SQL. 

In this class, you will be given real-world data sets to learn how to run an analysis with major python libraries, and finally, learn how to create online data dashboards to display your findings. This course will teach you these in-demand skills through real-world projects and code challenges in a supportive community environment.

Program graduates will be prepared to pursue entry-level positions as data scientists and data analysts with the opportunity to earn $60,000 or more.

Web Development & Design

Throughout this course, you will learn how to create full-stack web applications that look great on the web and mobile, and support a seamless user experience from one platform to the next. 

The Javascript programming language is the backbone of the web and this fellowship will bring you from little to no programming experience to be a JS wizard through real-world practice and projects. Learn all the industry tools that power your favorite apps from creating beautiful fast and responsive interfaces with Facebook’s ReactJS to creating powerful server-side applications with Node JS and the Express framework. 

You will also work on real teams ideating, designing, and finally building a real-world product, in addition to several personal projects and your online portfolio. This class will give you the skills, tools, and real-world experience to enter the tech field and change your life. 

Program graduates will be prepared to pursue entry-level positions as software developers and front-end engineers with the opportunity to earn $60,000 and more.

Cyber Security and Networking

The Innovation Fellowship for Careers in Cyber Security and Networking will be offered in 2021, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer and Bronx Community College. The program is 500 hours and will prepare participants for post-secondary opportunities or entry-level jobs in IT, networking, and application security positions in the New York City technology ecosystem.

The technical content will be broken into three content areas and test prep to be evaluated by technical assessments and project presentations: Unix Windows System and Python Programming Fundamentals Network Security, Routing and Switching Fundamentals Malware Analysis, Digital Forensics, Information gathering.

By the end of the program, graduates would be able to transfer into Bronx Community College with 12 college credits, and they will be prepared to take the following 2 certifications aligned to the coursework.


Usability Testing & User Experience Design

Usability Testing is a useful tool that complements any number of technical and design skillsets, making those proficient in the discipline more hirable. It is a highly effective methodology for improving ease-of-use through iterative design.

In this program, students will learn the basics of User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX) as well as gain a better understanding of many design theories and practices actually used in the workforce today. This course builds upon foundations introduced in Hostos Community College’s DD106 Introduction to Usable Design by giving students the opportunity to establish professional protocols for developing, implementing, analyzing, and reporting usability tests.

Graduates receive a certicificate of Completion from Hostos Community College.


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NYC residents must meet the following criteria to be eligible for the 2021 Innovation Fellowship:

  • Make less than $50,000 a year
  • Possess basic computer literacy skills (typing, internet research, email, etc.)
  • Speak and understand English
  • Possess a high school diploma, GED, or High School Equivalency (HSE)
  • Complete the entire recruitment process and pass all assessments

It is free! No cost to you, at all

No. The fellowship is aimed at serving New Yorkers from diverse backgrounds, with little-to-no technical experience or post-secondary education.

The vestibule period is the final part of the application process, which will be an online pre-training program that will help students gain fundamental skills and allow them to hit the ground running for the fellowship.

Vestibule takes place in July and is made up of 7 modules on topics ranging from HTML and CSS to programming fundamentals.

The fellowship will run for 12 months and will include 9 months of technical and career instruction followed by a 3-month paid internship.

Classes will be held Monday-Thursday from 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM ET, and will include a daily warm-up activity, student presentations, a lecture, independent lab time and a 30 minute food break.

The 2021 Innovation Fellowship is currently virtuall due to COVID-19. We are creating plans to re-launch in-person classes soon.

Accepted students must also be available to attend ALL program days.

As of Summer 2021, classes for all fellowships will be remote via Zoom.

Classes will be taught by experienced tech professionals, seasoned alumni, and guest speakers.

Students will need a laptop (one will be provided if necessary) and wi-fi access to successfully follow the course path at home. Office and classroom space will be made available during office hours and on weekends to all students.

As a fellow you may receive:

  • A laptop to use for the duration of the program
  • Subsidized Metrocards (for qualified students)
  • Incentive stipends
  • Coffee and snacks during class breaks
  • Access to co-working space and wifi outside of class hours

Program graduates will also:

  • complete a three-month paid internship during the last months of the fellowship
  • Receive free test prep and a fee waiver for an Amazon Web Services (AWS) certificate
  • Receive a letter of recommendation to assist their job search
  • Receive a certificate of completion at Demo Day, which may be transferable for 6 college credits at Hostos Community College

See the individual Data Science with Python and Fullstack with JavaScript course descriptions above for more information.

75% of graduates land their first technology role after TKH and ​50% land a full-time role at over $60k within 12 months.

As a Fellow you will receive:

  • Behavioral and technical interview prep
  • Resume and cover letter assistance
  • Best practices on establishing the best LinkedIn presence and a professional digital footprint
  • Training on building networks and communication skills
  • Tips and guidance on mastering the job search
  • Access to financial literacy coaching

TKH’s Alumni Network is a dynamic, one-of-a-kind community focused on advancing the personal and professional growth of aspiring technologists. Being a part of the Alumni Network provides access to:

  • A growing, authentic group of young technologists with stories of resilience
  • Professional networks and job opportunities within the tech sector
  • Free access to coworking space & wi-fi
  • Continuous coaching support from staff via office hours
  • Access to free and low-cost social and professional development events and workshops

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