Black Girls CODE Bay Area Chapter Presents: Code A Brighter Future Hackathon

Black Girls CODE is teaming with Colgate to deliver a free girls-only hackathon (6th – 12th grade) as they push young women to “Code a Brighter Future”.


When you picture a promising future, what do you see? What changes do you envision in your community? How is your day-to-day life improved? What challenges do you anticipate we’ll experience with our environment or wildlife? What would you build to make the future you foresee a reality? Use your imagination to create a mobile app that paves the way for a brighter future.

What is a hackathon?

A hackathon is an event designed to bring groups of people together as they work collaboratively to solve a wide-array of problems through computer programming. Black Girls CODE youth hackathons are education focused and allow students to work in teams with experienced mentors over a weekend building apps and tools.

This hackathon will provide each Tech Diva with the opportunity to take part in a three-day youth focused hackathon that encourages creativity and teamwork. Ladies will learn how to design and build apps, concluding the weekend with team presentations and solution demos live on stage!

Who can participate in the hackathon?

The Code a Brighter Future Hackathon is open to girls, grade 6 – 12, of all experience levels. Previous computer camps and STEM exposure are great, but young ladies new to coding and app development are welcomed and encouraged to register as well!

Inviting Tech Divas fitting into the following categories to register today:

  • Girls of all experience levels
  • Girls entering 6th through 12th grade next year
  • Girls who are interested in computer science, STEM, mobile applications, and gaming

What’s the schedule?

Friday, September 22nd: 6:00pm – 9:00pm (registration begins at 5:00pm) – Galvanize, 44 Tehama Street, SF, Ca

Saturday, Sepetmber 23rd: 9:00am – 6:00pm (registration begins at 8:00am ) – Galvanize, 44 Tehama Street, SF, CA

Sunday, September 24th: 9:00am – 6:00pm (registration begins at 8:00am ) – Galvanize, 44 Tehama Street, SF, CA

Click here to register.

Join Our Mandarin STEaM Club!!

Science and Technology combined with Art & Language … Now we’re thinking outside the box!

Every second Saturday of the month PAASSC will host a Mandarin STEaM Club. For those who don’t know what STEaM stands for, here’s a little break down for you: Science, Technology, art, Engineering and Math. But we are taking it to the next level and including language into the equation. PAASSC is thinking outside of the box and flipping it on it’s side to offer your child a fun and unique learning experience.

What is Mandarin STEaM Club?

We had a wonderful showing for our first event of the year. We are really excited about the direction that PAASSC is taking. The children have developed and are developing great and lasting relationships with one another. Our parents are committed and engaged with one another. Moreover, our volunteers are amazing and continuously bring their best to each event.

This year PAASSC presents the Mandarin STEAM Club. This is a great opportunity for our youth to explore Mandarin language skills, critical thinking and self-confidence while engaged in fun, hands on projects.


PAASSC Host’s Equity and Inclusion Workshop

  • Equity and Inclusion Workshop
  • Brainstorming with Mandarin Immersion Administrators
  • Developing Collaboratives!

PAASSC is working in partnership with Administrator’s from local Bay Area Chinese Immersion school sites. We have developed a three part seminar addressing Equity and Inclusion. We understand that our children have an increased opportunity to succeed when the school is committed to creating equitable classroom experiences for students.

Our first seminar took place at Yu Ming Charter School in Oakland, CA. Yu Ming has recently partnered with the National Equity Project in their efforts to provide equitable and inclusive experiences for each of their youth.

equity-vs-equalityWe are clear that Equity and Equality involve very different strategies and that both do not lead to better outcomes for all youth. As indicated in the picture we have to ensure equity before we can address equality.

Administrators at Mandarin Immersion school sites from San Francisco, Hayward and Oakland attended our seminar. The Administrators were motivated, engaged and goal oriented in their discussions.

We have two additional seminars. On March 21st we will discuss strategies regarding “Assessing School Readiness: Strengths, Gaps, Needs”. On May 3rd we will discuss “Developing a Vision” and next steps. PAASSC is committed to working with Administrators to develop structural changes necessary to create equitable classroom experiences for our youth.

“The Mask You Live In” Film Screening Presented at University of San Francisco

Reserve your seats now to see The Mask You Live InMany screenings are sold out but there are still seats available for the November 19th screening at University of San Francisco at 6:00 pm.

The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.

Research shows that compared to girls, boys in the U.S. are more likely to be diagnosed with a behavior disorder, prescribed stimulant medications, fail out of school, binge drink, commit a violent crime, and/or take their own lives.

Persuaded by the media, peer groups, and some adults in their lives, boys and young men confront an overwhelming pressure to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic relationships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence. These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class, and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues that boys and young men must navigate in order to become “real men.”
Following the film Dr. Joseph Marshall, Co-founder and Executive Director of Alive & Free and The Prescription to End Violence, will lead a discussion on what is being done around this issue at the ground-level here in the Bay Area as well as what is happening nation-wide at our schools and universities. Dr. Marshall’s perspective on youth violence is featured in the film alongside the work of psychologist and researcher Dr. Judy Chu and youth educator Ashanti Branch.
Event Details:
6:00-6:15  Introducing The Mask You Live In
6:15-7:45  Film Viewing
7:45-8:45  Panel Discussion and Q & A
8:45-9:00  Closing RemarksPanelists Will Include:
Dr. Joseph Marshall – Co-founder & Executive Director of Alive & Free – Omega Boys Club
Dr. Aaminah Norris – Director of Education & Research for The Representation Project
Dr. Judy Chu – Psychologist & Educator on boys psychosocial development
Ashanti Branch – Founder & Executive Director of Ever Forward Club
Dr. Lance McCready – Associate Professor, International and Multicultural Education, University of San Francisco

For more information, contact the Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach: or (415) 422-2821

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Tinker Lab Meets PAASSC!!

I think the words love, great and awesome may be the most over used words in my blogs and FB posts but I just can’t help it. I really love these kids and I love our PAASSC events. At our most recent Tinker Lab the children were able to create, build and explore – all while communicating in Mandarin!! I’ll admit that they did speak to their friends in English “sometimes” but the Instructors were engaged, playful and using the student’s second language.

My favorite FB post was from a dad, Randolph Belle. He said “Went to the PASSSC Tinker’s workshop today. It’s always a blast watching a group of African American kids with a Mandarin soundtrack.” Thanks Randolph I couldn’t have said it better!

After meeting with parents and instructors we will look at the following changes to our next meeting.

  • There will definitely be food. Sorry that was an oversight on my part that will not happen again.
  • We will limit the activities that we have and instead of the youth floating to stations an instructor will be assigned to students as they arrive and work with them during the event.
  • By limiting the activities the youth will have time in a small group to talk (in Mandarin of course) about what they created, show their peers how it works and learn new vocabulary words (written and oral).
  • We will have more flash cards! The flash cards were really helpful to teach the youth new vocabulary. The instructors will use the flash cards to highlight the new words throughout the event.
  • And much, much more!!!

PAASSC Kick Off Event: Meet Edward Watson

Congratulations! You have finished juggling your busy summer schedule, back to school shopping, and you have purchased school supplies. Now that you are back in the swing of things we are ready to have our PAASSC Kick Off Event. This year we are having a special guest.

Join us for the PAASSC Back to School Kick Off Event!

For the youth we will have Mandarin Tutors, Obstacle Courses, Games, Treats and Lots of Fun.

For the parents, Ted Watson a PhD Candidate at UC Irvine will be leading discussions with parents to discuss his upcoming research – African American Youth in Mandarin Immersion and Chinese Language programs.

Bring classmates. We will have PAASSC swag for families that bring guests!!

See you on Saturday, August 19th at 2:00pm. Please arrive early to meet Ted and introduce your child to the Mandarin Tutors!



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