SOURCE: Mission Bit

Mission Bit

March 05, 2015 12:00 ET

Mission Bit Hires Stevon Cook as CEO

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Mar 5, 2015) - Mission Bit, a San Francisco-based 501c3 non-profit empowering and inspiring youth with computer programming education and professional experiences, today named Stevon Cook as CEO. Mission Bit has developed a site-based pathway model consisting of three complementary programs: Semester Classes, The Hacker Lab and Summer Internships. Mission Bit's programs are all-inclusive and ethnically and gender diverse.

In 2015, Mission Bit will increase the individual per student impact of its programs, more efficiently and effectively target 'limited access' students and increase the students per semester participating in Mission Bit programs. Cook's joining as CEO will lead Mission Bit to help realize its goals in 2015 and beyond.

"Since offering our first class in the Fall 2013 semester, we've actively experimented and iterated programmatically. Today, we have both a differentiated, yet, complementary model and a unique program philosophy and methodology. To maximize the social impact of Mission Bit, we wanted to bring in the right leader to continue to evolve and scale our programs," said Tyson Daugherty, founder of Mission Bit. "Stevon shares a vision of 'equal access' education that is at the core of Mission Bit's work. He has focused his career on creating, managing, advising and funding education programs designed to eliminate access barriers for 'limited access' students."

Stevon Cook is a third-generation San Franciscan who grew up in Bayview Hunter's Point and graduated from Thurgood Marshall High School. After graduating from Williams College in Massachusetts, Stevon returned to San Francisco and began working in public schools and on larger education policy issues. He is a founding board member of the SF Achievers and former co-chair of the Public Education Enrichment Fund. Stevon has dedicated his professional life to help ensure every student has equal access to a quality education.

"Mission Bit is a game changer for our youth in San Francisco and across the Bay Area," said Cook. "Even today, in a city like San Francisco, opportunities to learn how to code are far too limited. I plan to expand the important work we've started while also creating a transformative and empowering learning experience."

About Mission Bit
Mission Bit is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that empowers and inspires youth with computer programming education and professional experiences. Mission Bit programs are free, out of school, project based, taught by volunteer professional software engineers and tech entrepreneurs, integrated with industry experiences and offer professional advancement opportunities. Mission Bit creates education experiences that are all-inclusive and ethnically and gender diverse. Mission Bit's complementary programs create pathways for 'limited access' students to form connections with technology professionals and learn the skills, processes and technologies used by professional programmers. For more information, visit http://www.missionbit.com.

Contact Information

  • Contacts:
    Tyson Daugherty
    Mission Bit
    Email Contact
    415-519-4056

    Steve Stratz
    Illuminate Public Relations for Mission Bit
    Email Contact
    206-300-9134