Aliyah Singletary

Age: 17, Teacher’s Preparatory  High School – Brownsville, Brooklyn NY

How did you find out about New York On Tech?

I found out the day the applications were due and here I am. My teacher sent me out of the classroom to finish the application after I expressed interested in the program. He knows I really enjoy technology.

What has been the most exciting part of your experience so far?

Two of the most exciting experiences have been meeting my mentor, Trevor Elwell, and seeing different companies. One thing I am taking away from this program is that to be a part of the tech world, you don’t only have to do hardcore coding. There’s a lot you can do. It has really opened up my eyes.

What would you like to do when you grow-up?

I’m not sure what I want to do when I grow-up, but I’d like to be in the tech field. New York On Tech has helped me navigate more clearly what I want to do. Hopefully when I begin school, I can explore different technologies. I want to major in computer science.

What would you say to your peers to encourage them to apply?

Be more open to different career paths. I was only told to go into the traditional routes that people fall into. Just come into the program with an open mind and be willing to learn different aspects about technology. You can use it to your own advantage.

What’s been unique about your experience?

My mentor Trevor. We were introduced at the launch party. We just randomly started talking about ice-cream. We had a nice connection. He’s helped me with learning how to code. We meet when we have mentor and mentee meet-up sessions and talk every Sunday.

What do you love about New York On Tech?

For me, this is my first computer program. I’ve been a part of other programs. Those programs are based around kids and community service work – uplifting you. This program is not like any other program I’ve been in. In this day and age, technology is a booming business, but people are still pushing towards other jobs and careers. We appreciate the program. Minorities and low-income students usually don’t have a change to be involved in tech/stem fields so New York On Tech educates them and motivates them to pursue different career options.

When you think about your future education, how will this program help you?:

A: There’s only two people from my mother’s family who have successfully graduated. I would be the first from my generation to go to college.  Brooklyn College – through their Seek program. I received a full scholarship where I plan to major in computer science.

What current tech project are you working on?

I’m currently building a personal website to highlight my writing and photography and film. That will be my final project to publish on the web. Everything I’ve been working on and what I hope to continue to work on I learned in this program. This summer, I want to start my own my YouTube Channel to showcase my high school. I’m hoping to do a documentary film about the beauty of my school. Hopefully through, I’d like to help them get more funding.

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Julia Levy, Founder, has a decade of development experience, including working for a philanthropist, a small nonprofit and now a large nonprofit. She has raised significant dollars for numerous causes, from education to religion and from donors of all ages. Julia holds a Certificate in Fundraising from NYU’s Heyman Center for Philanthropy and an undergraduate degree from Cornell University. Julia has taught fundraising workshops, most recently at Brooklyn Brainery and coached development professionals.

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