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Income Before: $18,000. After: $85,000. Does Tiny Nonprofit Hold a Key to the Middle Class?
“I believe tech can be a road to the middle class for large numbers of Americans,” said Mr. Hsu, a co-founder and the chief executive of Pursuit, a nonprofit social venture. “But there’s real skepticism about that among people who see the winners in technology as a small network of the privileged.”
Job-training Partnership Aims to Boost Diversity in City's Tech Industry
“Future Fintech Leaders is a partnership between the FinTech Innovation Lab New York and Pursuit, a Queens-based program that provides a free four-year training program in software development. The pilot program will pair four Pursuit graduates with financial technology firms—ranging from startup NPM to global investment firm BlackRock—for a paid three-month on-the-job training program, which includes participating in programming offered by FinTech Innovation Lab.”
In Pursuit of a Career in Technology
Vanessa Mack, a Pursuit Fellow who grew up in Ravenswood, wants young NYCHA residents to learn from her example to reach their dreams. “There’s always hope, we just have to continue to hope and continue to believe that we can do it. Sometimes people don’t see that there is a world outside of poverty – they feel very limited – but I would advise young NYCHA residents to be limitless in their thinking.”
The Queens Power 100
Jukay Hsu is Harvard grad and former Army officer who has dedicated the past eight years to transforming the lives of those less fortunate through technology. With Pursuit, Jukay Hsu provides low-income adults a pathway to a tech career through an intensive four-year program that has landed hundreds of people well-paying jobs in the emerging industry. Because of the program’s success, elected officials and activists often seek Hsu’s advice on workforce development issues.
As Sky with No Limits
“I didn’t have a lot of people that looked like me in the field that was hard,” said Pursuit Fellow Sky Davis. To young people of color who have thought about working in this industry, she suggests that you just do it.
With Amazon's Arrival, A New York Community Pushes To Be Included
"I'm the youngest of three children. My mom had us when she was a teenager," she says. "Imagine me, someone who now makes like, under $20,000 a year, able to get a job that could pay me enough that I would be able to do certain things, like pay my mom's mortgage."
The New York Tech Power 50
After serving as a U.S. Army captain in Iraq, where he worked on economic rebuilding, Jukay Hsu returned to his home borough of Queens and founded Pursuit (formerly known as Coalition for Queens), a company that trains New Yorkers for jobs in the innovation economy. The Stuyvesant High School and Harvard University graduate, who is considered a major player in New York City’s tech industry, served on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s transition team.
Coders Hope to Fill Amazon’s Queens Headquarters
[Pursuit grad] Vanessa Mack works in tech at Barclays Investment Bank … she believes Amazon will continue to open up more job opportunities and will ultimately benefit Queens and the rest of the city, especially if Amazon is committed to working with communities.
“Many of us are pumped and super excited about the opportunities this will have in store for us,” she said.
Want a job at Amazon? Here's where to get tech training in NYC
This four-year intensive program trains adults who need to advance their careers. The school promises to offer technical mastery, industry fluency and professional skills as well as help with career prep and job searching through its programs, "Pursuit Core" and "Pursuit Advance." The latter helps guide postgrads through their careers.
How one nonprofit is helping people land high-paying tech jobs
Pursuit is a nonprofit based in an old zipper factory in Queens. It was founded in 2011 to help low-income and non-college educated people get jobs in the tech industry. The program's core curriculum includes 10-12 months of intense training and results in 85 percent of fellows landing a high-paying job within a year of finishing the program.
Can New York make back its Amazon investment?
"We understand the needs of our community and the barriers they face in accessing these growing opportunities in the tech industry," said Pursuit CEO and co-founder Jukay Hsu. "We look forward to working with Amazon, New York City and New York state to ensure that these promises are meaningfully delivered."
Amazon’s HQ announcement signals new education opportunities for Queens
Initially started as Coalition for Queens, Pursuit has worked with local residents for the past seven years, with graduates going from an average annual income of $18,000 to $85,000 after 10 months of intensive training.
The opportunity to work with Amazon, Jukay Hsu says, allows his organization to secure meaningful jobs for New York’s most vulnerable communities. “Our role is to make sure that these opportunities are truly inclusive.”
How Long Island City won over the city and then Amazon
Greg Davis: “[Pursuit] runs a year-long training program to prepare people for tech careers. Its entrants arrive with an average income of $18,000 and leave with that number at $85,000. Half are women, immigrants, or without college degrees, and 60% are minorities. What more could Amazon want?”
Long Island City tech nonprofit expands mission beyond Queens
“When we launched in 2011, we recognized the immense impact technology was going to have on our society. The industry has created more wealth and jobs than ever before, but these opportunities weren’t reaching everyone, so we set out to give talented people the opportunity they deserve,” Pursuit co-Founder and CEO Jukay Hsu said.
Quartz / September 27, 2018 / Story by Leah Fessler
“I think that that the tech community should be going into underserved communities and training people, especially adults,” Hillary Clinton said. “I truly believe that there is a big opportunity out there for people who, if they were given the training and support, [can] be part of the future when it comes to tech.” A good example here is the nonprofit Pursuit.
CBS News MoneyWatch / May 7, 2018 / Story by Irina Ivanova
"For many technology companies, there's a bifurcated workforce. You have your drivers and your software engineers; your factory workers and product managers," said Jukay Hsu, CEO of the nonprofit Pursuit, which teaches low-income people to code.
Wall Street Journal / April 27, 2018 / Story by Austen Hufford
Forbes / April 27, 2018 / Story by Susan Adams
Four years as an infantry officer changed [Jukay Hsu]. His duties included a year-long tour in Iraq where he led his platoon on patrols and raids and worked with Iraqi entrepreneurs to build a radio station in a small town near Tikrit. “I met people from backgrounds vastly different from my own,” he says. “Talent is universal but opportunity is not.”
Univision / July 5, 2017 / Story by Olivia Liendo
A los pocos meses de empezar a estudiar programación, Madelyn Tavarez, que ya tenía deudas estudiantiles, empezó a aplicar a becas para programas en los que pudiera profundizar sus conocimientos. Así fue como entró en Coalition for Pursuit en Nueva York. “La gente se desanima por el alto precio de los programas sin saber que hay muchos programas y becas. Hay muchas becas, especialmente para mujeres y latinas, que son minorías poco representadas en la tecnología,” mencionó. Considera que lo mejor para mostrar el interés y sobresalir es tomar primero clases por tu cuenta y después tratar de construir algo. Ocho meses después de empezar el programa consiguió un contrato de trabajo en una agencia de consultoría en Boston, y once meses después recibió la oferta de Pinterest.
Quartz / June 14, 2017 / Story by Sarah Kessler
Pursuit, a non-profit coding school, also says it can equip students with marketable skills. But it also has come up with a way to put its money where its mouth is: the school has linked its funding model to the success of its students.
Fast Company / June 12, 2017 / Story by Adele Peters
“Tech has created this amazing wealth, in San Francisco, New York, and elsewhere, but it’s also created this tremendous inequality that we’re seeing,” Pursuit CEO and co-founder Jukay Hsu says. “We want to transform technology–instead of creating this inequality, becoming the driver for opportunity and equity. Not just here in New York, but across the country.”