2014 Black History Heroes
Kimberly Bryant is a biotechnology and engineering professional, who founded the San Francisco–based Black Girls CODE in 2011 to help close the digital divide for girls of color. Her organization has trained more than 1,500 girls to work in technology fields, including robotics, video game design, mobile phone application development, and computer programming. She aims to reach one million girls by 2040.
Ms. Bryant was one of 11 recipients of the 2013 White House Champions of Change Tech Inclusion Award, celebrating Americans, "who are doing extraordinary things to expand technology opportunities for young learners — especially minorities, women and girls and others from communities historically underserved or underrepresented in tech fields." She was also selected by Business Insider in 2013 as one of the 25 Most Influential African-Americans in Technology. She received the prestigious Jefferson Award for Community Service in 2012 for her work to support communities in the Bay Area.
Gina Fromer is district vice president of the Bayview Hunters Point YMCA in San Francisco. Born and raised in Bayview, Ms. Fromer has more than 35 years experience working with children and adolescents in a variety of different Bay Area organizations. During her time at the YMCA, she has focused on three major issues with the youth of the neighborhood: literacy, obesity and truancy.
After discovering that Bayview has the highest truancy rate in San Francisco, she spearheaded the Center for Academic Reentry and Empowerment — an academic recovery program that helps young people realize the value of education and ensures that truants can return to school, improve academically, and eventually graduate. Ms. Fromer was recently recognized with the Jefferson Award for Public Service, a local award for outstanding contributions to the community.
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