2018 CBEWeek Impact Nonprofits 

Each year CBEWeek recognizes Impact Nonprofits; the unsung heroes who are positively impacting diverse communities and inspiring the next generation of leaders.  


Fam1st Family Foundation, 2018 Community Champion Award


Fam1st Family Foundation is dedicated to uplifting and empowering youth in the Bay Area and throughout the United States. The foundation’s mission is one of empowerment and education, aiming to build self-esteem and academic learning skills in underprivileged youth. Fam1st Family Foundation is led by NFL athletes, Joshua Johnson, Marshawn Lynch, and Marcus Peter, who have overcome a significant amount of adversity to become the men they are today.  Even before joining the NFL, they were passionate about giving back to the community and helping underprivileged youth succeed. 


BUILD, 2018 Nonprofit of the Year Award

BUILD is the nation’s leading nonprofit that uses entrepreneurship-based experiential learning to prepare high school students from under-resourced communities for success in a 21st-century marketplace. Working in teams, BUILD students collaborate to launch and operate real businesses, a process that entails writing business plans, pitching to funders, marketing to customers, and learning to respond to setbacks and failures. BUILD students also explore potential career paths, track their academic progress, and apply to colleges with the support of community-based mentors. 


Oakland Digital

Oakland Digital is an award-winning 501(c)(3) design studio for good. We give overlooked student Creatives of color (ages 18-34) the resources to discover and explore meaningful careers (e.g., UX, UI, Visual Design) while improving diverse local economies (e.g., helping Nonprofits with design & marketing). Since 2009, Oakland Digital has impacted the lives of 4,800 Bay Area Community College Students and Entrepreneurs. 


Greene Scholars Program

The Greene Scholars Program (GSP) fosters a community of college bound scholars focused on developing their academic skills in science and math. As a long-term initiative, the GSP’s primary goal is to increase the success rate of youth of African ancestry in STEM course work and to increase the number of students choosing STEM paths. The program strengthens scholars’ leadership, problem solving, and self-esteem, and stimulates intellectual curiosity. Founded in 2001, Greene Scholars currently serves 160 youth, almost 50% of whom are girls. 



#YesWeCode is a national initiative to help 100,000 young women and men from underrepresented backgrounds find success in the tech sector. Through the #YesWeCode Fund and the #YesWeCode Coding Corps the organization reduces the financial barriers to entering the tech sector by providing scholarships to technical training programs such as coding bootcamps. They also connect their Coding Corps graduates to jobs in tech. 

The Hidden Genius Project

The Hidden Genius Project trains and mentors black male youth in technology creation, entrepreneurship, and leadership skills to transform their lives and communities. We envision a future in which the genius of black male youth is realized and celebrated every day. 




Self-eSTEM is a nonprofit that promotes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) for young minority girls and women, and builds their self-esteem through the exposure to hands-on interactive learning activities in the Bay Area. Their vision is to create future STEM leaders and eliminate the critical shortage gap of STEM professionals by building a diverse, inclusive and sustainable workforce pipeline comprised of minority young women and girls.

BAy Area Urban debate league

The Urban Debate League is a youth service organization that supports under-served Black students with professional development, college access, and tech literacy. Their mission is to work with Bay Area public school districts to make competitive policy debate available to every public high school student.


Level Playing Field Institute

The Level Playing Field Institute is committed to eliminating the barriers faced by underrepresented people of color in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and fostering their untapped talent for the advancement of our nation. SMASH Academy is their flagship program that empowers underserved students of color through a world-class, culturally competent STEM education program experience.  Through SMASH Academy and our supporting programs, they help tomorrow’s STEM leaders develop the knowledge, skills and social capital they need to realize their dreams. Students access rigorous education, supportive mentorship and intentional networking opportunities. 

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