Giving Tuesday 2016
For Giving Tuesday 2016, Squarespace partnered with Coalition for Queens (C4Q), a tech non-profit that increases economic opportunity for underserved communities through technology. We created a microsite that featured one C4Q graduate every week for five weeks, giving them a chance to tell their story, increase their profile, and show the word that anything is possible. I took over this project for another copywriter and wrote introductions for the following graduates. I also edited their corresponding Q&A portions.
Born to Honduran immigrants, Christella was raised in the Bronx borough of New York City. She learned to seize opportunities after seeing her family overcome financial barriers. Upon graduating from C4Q, she was accepted into Kickstarter’s summer internship program. She is now a full-time software engineer on their mobile team and a scholarship recipient to Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference 2016. We asked her a few questions about why she applied to C4Q, how she’s overcome obstacles, and what advice she’d give to aspiring engineers.
Moawia is the co-founder of SmartSpot, a tech-based fitness tool that corrects a person's form in real time. His journey started on an Egyptian farm where he and his family worked before landing in New York City. Financial hardship made staying in grade school difficult. But after years of self-education, he enrolled in Queens College and participated in C4Q’s program. This helped him transfer to Columbia University where he met a friend who encouraged him to apply to YCombinator. As a YCombinator Winter 2015 graduate, Moawia raised $1.85M in venture capital for SmartSpot. We asked him a few questions about C4Q and his startup.
Paola was born in Ecuador and raised in Brooklyn, New York. After graduating C4Q, she became an iOS developer at BuzzFeed and helped launch their News app. She also co-founded NYC Tech Latinas, an organization that seeks to increase the visibility and representation of Latinas in the tech industry in New York City. We asked her a few questions about her career, her altruistic pursuits, and her future goals.
I also took over for social that week, which included this little activation below!