Techie Youth

Techie Youth

Are you ready to "give" thanks by paying it forward?

You can save children's lives with technology while
dramatically reducing new cases of homelessness

  • Over 80% of homeless people
    were formerly youths in foster care
  • Foster-care youth aged 18-21
    "age out" of the system and are essentially abandoned to be on their own in the world without any preparation or guidance
  • 25,000 youths "age-out" each year
    most end up living on the streets or in jail, drug addicted, involved in crime, etc.
  • It is never the kids' fault
    nearly all of them enter foster care due to severe parental abuse or extreme neglect
You are capable of fixing this, learn how...

Nearly 100% of aged-out youth drop out of school, have absolutely no parental or adult guidance, no life skills, no qualifications and no sustainable living arrangements.

Tech'Solution

The Techie Youth solution: leveraging education in IT/web-technologies to completely-redirect the roadmap of youth-at-risk towards a path of life success

child ice fishing
Immediate Goal

Teach foster-care youth a profession that will save and ensure their future

Give a man a fish and he eats for a day.
    Teach a man to fish and he eats for life...

child hugging stuffed animal
Long-Term Goal

Curtailing the homeless-problem at its source, before youth-at-risk become homeless

The initiative is simple

We provide free IT education to any adolescent or young-adult in the foster-care system who is motivated to learn a trade.

Technology is the key differentiator

Rather than educating towards a manual-labor trade or college degree, we are teaching programming, system administration, data-management, web/mobile development and related IT fields.

The solution is in the tech-sector

IT has immediate tangible job-opportunities, is often merit-based and does not require a degree for hire, and has amongst the highest average earnings of any professional-field, plus to date there has been a constant hiring-need regardless of economy.

Huge rewards for program success

Any of the students who embrace the education could within a very short time be earning much more than what is required to live adequately, certainly enough to avoid homelessness and to be financially-motivated to steer away from risky-influences.

This initiative's long-term effects will demonstrate themselves within just a few years via dramatically-reduced new cases of aged-out youth living on the streets

You have the power to save children's lives - helping will be very rewarding and is easy too...

How You Can Help

This initiative needs:

Save A Child's Life!

Our largest challenge is to supply a
computer for every child enrolled.

Each $300-computer
that you contribute
will save a child's life!

Corporate Partners

Companies who agree to consider hiring candidates who complete the Techie Youth education programs

Contributors

Donate Ideas, feedback, references and suggestions are greatly appreciated

Email to take part in this rewarding initiative - it will be fun & easy!

We greatly appreciate the generous support from:

Gilt Groupe
TheLadders
High Performance Computing on Wall Street
Aerospike
And a special thank you to all of our private donors!

FAQ

What is the ultimate goal of this program?

To improve the world at a grand-scale by increasing the productivity of the next generation

What inspired the Techie Youth initiative?

The motivation was derived from observing other people's random acts of selfless kindness

Who are the kids in foster care?

Most are just regular kids who were born into an irregular environment of severe abuse and/or neglect

The video on the left is just a sample of the 100,000+ kids in the US foster care system

Are foster care kids juvenile-delinquents who cause crime?

No, kids who commit crimes are typically in the care of their state's juvenile detention system; children in the foster care system are innocent victims of their parent's irresponsible actions.

Youths who spend all or most of their adolescence in the foster care system often end up following negative-influences that lead them to commit criminal actions, but they did not start out this way and this program is designed to prevent that from happening years before they succumb to it.

What will happen to kids who don't enter the Techie Youth program and age-out of care?

  • - Within 1 year nearly HALF of the girls will become pregnant
  • - Within 2 years 1 in 4 will be incarcerated
  • - 1 in 5 will become homeless

Team

Eric David Benari

Eric David Benari

Founder & President
Tanuja Prasad

Tanuja Prasad

Director
Carl McCarthy

Carl McCarthy

Director
Mark Herschberg

Mark Herschberg

Director
Jeremy Christopher Kohomban, Ph.D.

Jeremy Christopher Kohomban

Advisory Board
President & CEO of The Children's Village
Mark Mathias

Mark Mathias

Advisory Board
CIO at Appen
Christy Obie-Barrett

Christy Obie-Barrett

Advisory Board
Executive Director of A Family For Every Child
Eric David Benari
Founder/President

Eric David Benari, PMP

Eric David Benari, Founder & President of Techie Youth, is an IT business expert and master-technologist who has founded and/or built the infrastructure for a large portfolio of ventures, spanning sectors of social networks, e-commerce, B2B, open-source, online advertising (while in a senior-role at Yahoo!) and others.

He has been invited to speak at numerous conferences and universities, including NYU and MIT, and is a published writer for Forbes.com, MIT CIO Corner & other journals.

Eric is also organizer of the world's largest community of database-technology professionals and chairman/coordinator of the biannual Database Month festival in New York City.

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Tanuja Prasad
Director

Tanuja Prasad

Tanuja Prasad, Director of Techie Youth, CTO of The Megawatt Hour & Founder of Cup Of Tech and 'I Create' projects

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Carl McCarthy
Director

Carl McCarthy

Carl McCarthy, Director of Techie Youth, is a practicing attorney and insurance company executive. He has advised not-for-profit entities and has served on the Board of Directors of the Guild Food Stamp Clinic, an organization that advocates for food stamp recipients.

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Mark Herschberg
Director

Mark Herschberg

Mark Herschberg, Director of Techie Youth, CTO of Madison Logic, MIT Instructor, Educated at MIT with degrees in physics, EE/CS, and a masters in cryptography.

Mark has spent his career launching and fixing new ventures at startups, Fortune 500s, and academia. Mark has worked at and consulted to number startups typically taking on roles in general management, operations, and technology. He has been involved from inception and fundraising through growth and sale of the company. These startup companies have included a wireless application platform, online advertising, lead generation, OLAP, media, entertainment, and new language development. Mark was instrumental in launching ServiceLive.com Sears online home services labor market; he also helped fix NBCs online video marketplace (now Hulu.com).

In academia Mark spent a year at Harvard Business School working with two finance professors to create the upTick system now used to teach finance at many of the top business schools.

At MIT Mark helped to start the Undergraduate Practice Opportunities Program at which he teaches annually along with his teaching at the SUNY Levin Institute.

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Jeremy Christopher Kohomban, Ph.D.
Advisor

Jeremy Christopher Kohomban, Ph.D.

Dr. Kohomban, Techie Youth Advisory Board Member, is the President and CEO of The Children's Village, The Institute's Center for Child Welfare Research at the Children's Village Institute, and the President of Harlem Dowling. The Children's Village and Harlem Dowling provide a broad continuum of programs including evidence-based support for families, shelters for homeless youth and immigrant children, alternatives to incarceration, non-secure detention, adoption and foster care services, alternative schools, affordable housing, and specialized services for nearly 20,000 children and families annually. The Children's Village is the 2013 Gold Award Winner of the New York Community Trust-New York Magazine Nonprofit Excellence Awards for overall Management Excellence.

Dr. Kohomban is a noted expert in child welfare and his leadership successes have been noted by The New York Times, NPR and other publications. In their story discussing the child welfare crisis in New York, City Limits magazine identified Dr. Kohomban as a leader with a "clear vision for the future." In his book, From Pariahs to Partners, How Parents and their Allies Changed New York City's Child Welfare System, author David Tobis describes him as "one of the most parent-focused, reform-minded, and effective administrators in the field of child welfare". In 2013 Dr. Kohomban was honored by the Child Welfare League of America for Exemplary Innovative Service Resulting in Positive and Successful Outcomes for Children and in 2011 by the Alliance for Children and Families with the Samuel Gerson Nordlinger Child Welfare Leadership Award for his dedication and effectiveness in the child welfare field.

Dr. Kohomban currently serves on the boards of the Child Welfare Watch, Child Welfare Organizing Project, The Alliance for Children and Families, Annie E. Casey Foundation's Center for Effective Family Services and Systems, and Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies (COFCCA), the Washington D.C. based American Youth Work Center which publishes the periodical Youth Today, and Charity Navigator's Advisory Panel. He has earned a reputation as a leader who effectively blends human services with accountability and a pragmatic business sense. Dr. Kohomban is the author of a number of articles and a nationally recognized speaker on topics of organizational leadership, system reform, and family-focused service delivery.

Dr. Kohomban is a vocal advocate for juvenile justice and child welfare reform. He provided expert testimony to the Governor's Juvenile Justice Task Force which, together with support from The Vera Institute of Justice, produced a blueprint for juvenile justice reform in New York State. He is a member of the Westchester County Department of Social Services' Advisory Council, NYC's Division for Youth and Family Justice Advisory Board, and co-chair of the New York State Strategic Plan Action Committee Local Continuum and Coordination Structure on Juvenile Justice. Dr. Kohomban received his undergraduate degree from Teacher's College in Kansas, his Masters from Long Island University in New York and his Ph.D. from the School for Leadership in Virginia.

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Mark Mathias
Advisor

Mark Mathias

Mark Mathias, Techie Youth Advisory Board Member, President of the New York CTO Club, Board Member of the Westport Board of Education, Chief Information Officer at Appen, Founder and Co-Chair of the Westport Mini Maker Faire

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Christy Obie-Barrett
Advisor

Christy Obie-Barrett

Christy Obie-Barrett, Techie Youth Advisory Board Member, Executive Director of A Family For Every Child, President-Elect of the Heart Gallery of America for the 2010-2012 term.

Christy is the founder and Executive Director of the Oregon-based 501(c)(3) agency she started in 2006, A Family For Every Child/Heart Gallery. The Heart Gallery was AFFEC's first program. AFFEC has now grown to include ten different programs intended to support foster children and find forever families nationwide. Programs range from foster parent support groups to an excellent Mentor Program to Family Finding Program services that search for relatives who may have cared for a child in the past.

Christy's cause has now become the cause of 15 employees and close to 900 volunteers in AFFEC's database.

Christy is the mother of 12 children, 9 of whom are adopted.

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Techie Youth is a not-for-profit organization in New York, with a goal of nationwide program-adoption

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