Leonardo

Leonardo Sosa has mentored over 1,500 youth to become technology ambassadors, and he has trained over 100 instructors on best practices in a technology and leadership curricula across the country since 2003. In 1995 he launched Youth-Net, the first youth technology program serving the Mission. In 2003 he developed a San Francisco base for Digital Connectors, and later expanded the program in 12 West Coast cities. Digital Connectors, which combined technical training and service learning, became a national movement since 2010.

Mr. Sosa has shared his insights on the digital divide at seminars, technology conventions, and tech companies. He is currently the technology manager at the Digital Opportunity Center for MEDA, a multi-tiered resource that connects community members to computer training, broadband access to low income families that receive free/reduce lunch, wireless access, support for job searches, financial education, and many other services.

Mr. Sosa holds a California teaching credential, multiple Microsoft Office Certifications, a CompTIA+ Certification and an associate of science (information technology) from CCSF. Mr. Sosa’s personal and professional history gives him extensive insight into the challenges that confront Latino youths aiming to succeed as first-generation college students. He is an enthusiastic role model whose professional path illustrates the wide range of career opportunities that begin with technical training. Mr. Sosa came to San Francisco from Guatemala in 1984. He taught computer applications at Mission Language Vocational School, City College and other programs around SF, Bay Area and across the state. Since 2003 his greatest passion is directing leadership and tech training program for low- income youth in the Mission. His extensive contacts in San Francisco’s tech industries are invaluable to youths striving to bridge the digital divide and make a place for themselves in the most exciting sector of the region’s economy.

Leo Sosa launched the Mission Techies Program back in January 2014 which empowers young adults ages 17-24 from underserved, disconnected and at risk to launch a Career in the Technology Sector. Since the program started 33 young adults are working currently in tech jobs with companies like Facebook, Pandora, Jones IT, Echo Tech, Eden Tech, Geek Squad, UCSF, Twitter, Riverbed Technologies, Love Height Computers and Comcast just to name a few.

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Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA)
Rooted in the Mission and focused on San Francisco, MEDA’s mission is to strengthen low- and moderate-income Latino families by promoting economic equity and social justice through asset building and community development.

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Christian from San Francisco, CA

Raised by a single mom & I made it to college! A tech camp will help me move forward.

I want to attend a coding bootcamp to get closer to my goal of becoming a software engineer and closing the diversity gap in the tech field! More

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Yaritza from San Francisco, CA

First generation college student! A tech camp will help me on my career path.

I want to show that people from my community can and should work in the tech industry. I just need some help covering tuition for this tech camp! More

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Jorge from San Francisco, CA

Low-income college student studying for a tech career. A coding bootcamp will help me get there!

My mother brought me to the US at the age of six from El Salvador, and I'm ready to start a career in tech to bring us both a better future. More

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Susana from San Francisco, CA

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I received a scholarship to attend a technology boot camp. I need your help to cover the remaining costs so I can attend! More

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Ismael from San Francisco, CA

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I need assistance paying my enrollment fee so I can be the first in my family to graduate with a degree in graphic design. More

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Reina from San Francisco, CA

My son has inspired me to go back to school. I need help with part of my tuition!

My parents brought me to the US so I could have better opportunities. I'm eager to get my Associates to better support my son & honor their sacrifice. More

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Kendahl from San Francisco, CA

I want to work in the tech industry. Tuition for one program will help me launch my career!

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Angelica from San Francisco, CA

I'm studying child development. I need to cover books and transportation to succeed.

Meeting this need will help me relieve some of the stress of paying for my classes and make sure I have what I need to succeed. More

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