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Mission

Mission of Techie Youth

Techie Youth's mission is to create economic opportunities for teens in foster care and at-risk youth by utilizing technology-focused career skills training to establish financial self-sufficiency and long-term professional stability. Our emphasis is on redirecting the life-path of youth and young-adults who are on a track towards homelessness or incarceration.

Our programs provide each participant with opportunity & attention; this is our core coaching ideology implemented by each Techie Youth team member.

Each youth participant recieves an accelerated education in computer-based career training, tailored to their interests, with individualized coaching. Our goal is to empower them to become financially self-sustaining technology professionals.

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Eric

Eric David Benari, PMP

Founder & Executive Director

Eric 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.

Manny

Manny Acosta

Director of Youth Affairs

Manny has been guiding and coaching Techie Youth students since 2016.

Manny is a Navy veteran, former teacher and retired civil servant who has an exceptional ability to build rapport with youth from challenging upbringings.

Manny shares with our youth demographics his own personal life experiences, including having spent most of his childhood in foster care, raised by a parole officer foster parent. Later in life, he has raised several of his own foster children into their adulthood and is currently caretaker for his foster mother.

Barbara Kay

Program Manager

Barbara

Barbara is an expert in managing career-training programs. She has 18-years of experience in employment strategy along with job readiness and skills training, and is also a former teacher.

Barbara has conducted programs in previous roles teaching job skills to displaced refugees, that has resulted in the successful employment of hundreds of newly-arrived immigrants.

Barbara has been with Techie Youth since 2018.

Paul Johnson

Safety Director

Paul

Paul is dedicated to maintaining the safety of our youth and facilities.

Paul was previously a teacher and tenured NYC football coach with several decades of experience coaching and mentoring children.

Paul has been with Techie Youth since 2019.

Some of our Techie Youth team members (partial list)

Shecaira

Shecaira

Raisa

Raisa

Ephraim

Ephraim

Gloria

Gloria

Fidele

Fidele

Rachael

Rachael

Amitabh

Amitabh

Sherry-Ann

Sherry-Ann

Elena

Elena

Barbara

Barbara

Yash

Yash

Kashif

Kashif

Iribagiza

Iribagiza

Rohin

Rohin

Achille

Achille

Rose

Rose

Syed

Syed

Kaitlyn

Kaitlyn

Max

Max

Rianne

Rianne

Noela-Faith

Noela-Faith

Seruhungo

Seruhungo

Mahdi

Mahdi

Mavie

Mavie

Sa'ad

Sa'ad

Cecille

Cecille

Adriana

Adriana

Selina

Selina

Mary-Joy

Mary-Joy

Chick-fil-A

Did you know...
Techie Youth has won 1st place in the Chick-fil-A Northeast True Inspiration Awards, along with a healthy 6-figure donation from Chick-fil-A.

Chick-fil-A
Manny with a participant
Eric with a participant
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