JOURNi is an organization dedicated to equipping urban communities with the skills and resources necessary to jump start their local economies. JOURNi strives to build an authentically inclusive tech ecosystem in the city of Detroit by tapping into the heart and spirit of its residents. To achieve this goal, they provide immersive courses, youth-centered programming, beneficial employment opportunities, start up education and socioeconomic resources.
JOURNi has been focused on preparing Detroit’s youth opportunities in tech since 2016. This has been my sole engagement since moving to Detroit so I’ve been able to make a lot of connections in that time and meet a ton of people invested in our youth. We do a good job of making the most out of resources to benefit our youth. Because of that, we’re introduced to and approached by individuals and organizations with similar focuses and are able to make those connections.
WHY SHOULD PEOPLE GET INVOLVED IN DEVELOPING YOUTH IN TECH?
There’s a huge opportunity with our youth in Detroit. They are incredibly resourceful and creative. If you really think about the lack of opportunities that they have and how they’re able to survive and sometimes thrive, then you’ll see the great opportunity we have to really make a difference in our region by cultivating our young people. They just need to be made aware of the opportunities possible with the correct messaging. Instead of looking to bring an Amazon here, we can cultivate the next generation of moguls. Instead of looking attract tech talent from abroad, we can fill those tech positions with young Detroiters.
WHAT ARE THE TOP WAYS PEOPLE CAN GET INVOLVED IN SERVING YOUR ORGANIZATION’S MISSION?
Visit journi.org to get connected or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.