In 2013, we founded Young Hacks Academy to introduce kids to computer science in a meaningful way. Whether a student was new to programming or an experienced coder, YHA challenged her to create video games about critical issues impacting our local and global community. The formula was simple: Learn new digital tools. Develop creative ideas as a team. Present work to others. Improve the world we live in. From 2013-2019, YHA hosted 172 tech camps in CT, IA, MA ME, NH, NY, PA & VT.
In 2020, we reimagined our mission to form a 501(c)(3) non-profit, Future Genius, Inc., with expanded goals of environmental and political literacy. With Future G, the focus shifts to offering affordable summer and afterschool enrichment that concentrates on 21st century sustainability education and stewardship. Through exploration of the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development, including ending poverty, fighting inequality, and tackling climate change, our leadership programs activate middle school youth, regardless of family income, to become agents of change—future leaders and problem-solvers—energized to transform the planet.