Phillip's Open Road
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Fellows Program Recruitment Manager
The only way to break down these barriers is through things like tech. You guys are the pioneers. You’re not the guinea pigs—you’re the astronauts.
- Grew up in Boyle Heights in a low-income family.
- He always loved school; while in high school, he did so well that he was invited to partake in a summer program at UC Berkeley.
- After that summer, he knew that he wanted to go to Berkeley, and he wanted to find a job where he could help low-income, underrepresented students like himself.
- Says without the help of his teachers and counselors, he probably wouldn’t have made it to college, let alone to Berkeley.
- While he was at Berkeley, he volunteered with youth and worked for the same summer incentive program that had impacted him as a child.
- One day, he saw a job posting for CODE2040’s student recruitment manager; he thought that was a perfect job for him, at a company that he believed in.
- Says that being in the tech world has opened his eyes to the huge disparity in privilege and representation within that sphere.
- His goal is to educate students and their families as to the massive opportunities a career in tech will afford them.