Inspiring The Next Generation of Leaders

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.

“The main goal of education would be to give future generations tools for thinking and seeing the world differently, constructing their own world views, and acting to create a sustainable future.”

~ Erkka Laininen

Transferable 21st century skill development

Regardless of what the job market will look like in 2030, there are critical skills that our kids will need to navigate a pathway to a sustainable future:

  • Cognitive Skills (Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, Future Literacy)
  • Environmental Skills (Ecological Literacy, Reduce/Reuse/Recycle Stewardship)
  • Social Skills (Communication, Teamwork, Public Speaking)
  • Technological Skills (Computational Thinking, Digital Literacy & Navigation)

Whether through study of technology, science, art, or politics, Future Genius offers important 21st century skill development for every student. Young learners will gain a greater understanding of the problems our planet faces, and will be tasked to think critically, plan collectively, and apply new skills to create an optimistic future full of possibility and growth.

“Thank you so much for a great experience for our daughter! A great blend of fun and “real world” skill building. She can’t wait for next year!”

~ Tara K., Porter Corners, NY

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