South LA Youth Find Role Models, Build Job Skills at Tech Academy

“El Nido is like a second family, if you don’t have anybody to talk to, you can always go there for resources, people and mentors that can help you”
– Kennedy, Tech Academy youth

El Nido is a mentorship opportunity to help out youth in my city that don’t get much help
– Billy, Tech Academy youth

tech academy graduateAbout El Nido’s Tech Academy

The Tech Academy was made possible by major support from Pacific Western Bank, as well as El Nido’s Junior Board of Directors, US Storage Centers, and generous individual donors like you.

El Nido’s South Los Angeles Tech Academy is a 15 session course designed to educate middle and high-school youth about the technology industry through hands-on programming instruction, guests speakers from the industry, and trips to tech businesses.

tech academy studentsSee pages our students have created themselves on the El Nido Tech Academy Showcase page…

El Nido hopes to inspire our students to set their education and a career goals in this high-paying, in-demand field by emphasizing the knowledge and skills needed to work beyond entry level jobs, including positions in accounting, management, marketing, and human resources management.

Watch a video composed with Tech Academy youth: Role Models: Paying It Forward:

About our Supporters

Pacific Western Bank is one of El Nido’s most cherished supporters, having been instrumental in our Academies since inception nearly three years ago.  In every conceivable way, Pacific Western Bank is a community champion.  In their own words, “We’re more than a bank; we’re an advocate for every client’s vision. By investing in people, we grow more than money. We build the kind of deeply invested relationships that put the power of people in a world of numbers.”

A note from US Storage Centers “Founded 1985, US Storage Centers is an owner/operator of self storage facilities across the country.  US Storage Centers values giving back and partnering with organizations that support their community. El Nido Family Centers’ mission to support low-income communities across Los Angeles County through various efforts, like the tech academy, is one that we admire and are honored to be a part of. The youth are our future and having programs like The Tech Academy is such an incredible way to educate and empower young people to make a different in the world. US Storage Centers is grateful to sponsor this amazing program and we look forward to working with El Nido Family Centers in the future.”

During a recent Tech Academy cohort, Emmy nominated producer Phil Savenick worked one-one-one with South LA youth to help them articulate their unique life experiences through videography (offering training in composition, filming, and editing).