Our Story


Our Story

The Knowledge House (TKH) was founded in 2014 to close the gaps in the education­-to-­employment pipeline by leading digital skills training in coding and design for underserved young people in the Bronx. TKH combines technology training, career support, and a comprehensive network of partners to help disconnected job seekers secure rewarding careers in the tech economy and become financially independent. TKH aims to lift entire communities out of poverty by creating a pipeline of talented and capable workers equipped with the technology and skills that provide economic opportunity, living wages, and career mobility.

Nationwide, there are 531,200 new technology jobs, with a projected growth of 11% over the next decade. College degrees are not required for nearly half of these open positions, and with tech sector jobs increasing exponentially year over year, there is now an unprecedented opportunity for traditionally underrepresented populations to enter these career pathways. There is a critical need for job training and workforce development programming to ensure underserved young people are not left behind. 

Our Core Values

Our core values capture the beliefs shared at TKH. Staff refer to the core values when making decisions, defining goals and executing our work. Our values support the idea that “we don’t work alone”, emphasizing collaboration, communication, and responsibility. We look forward to sharing these values with you and inspiring you to embody them in your personal and professional lives.

Commitment

Being willing to do whatever it takes to achieve a goal.

Growth Mindset

Not giving up and understanding that every “failure” is a learning lesson.

Leadership

Being a role model to your peers and community.

Innovation

Using your skills to discover solutions that are new and unique.

Hustle

Being resilient, enthusiastic, and determined to get up, work and push through obstacles.

Empowerment

Nurturing the talent, confidence, and strength of yourself and others.

Our Impact

1,900+

youth & young
adults served
to date

80%

graduation rate
across
programs

3 out of 4

of graduates
secured
employment

90%

of staff are people of color and
hail from the same communities
as fellows

Our Founders

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, is currently on the leadership council for South Bronx Rising Together, and is a board member at Creo College Prep and the KIPP Foundation.

Jerelyn Rodriguez

Co-Founder & CEO

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.

Joe Carrano

Co-Founder & CTO

Get Involved

Our mission is especially significant given the current COVID-19 crisis and its disproportionate impact on low-income populations.

Offering digital skills training has become more critical than ever, as workers are asked to transition to remote jobs and require digital skills to return to work or advance in their careers.

Further, with millions of New Yorkers now unemployed or furloughed, the demand for meaningful career development has never been so urgent.

We’re committed to making a difference. Support our community today!

Contact Info

  • 363 Rider Avenue, 3rd Floor
    Bronx, NY 10451
  • info@theknowledgehouse.org
  • Mon - Sat 09:00 - 17:00