As part of our charitable efforts, the Rackspace Foundation selects several local STEM education organizations to give back to. Last year (and now in 2014), the San Francisco Office worked closely with Black Girls Code, a nonprofit that introduces technology and computer programming to a new generation of coders from underrepresented backgrounds. The goal of the initiative is to expose young women and pre-teens of color to emerging trends in science and math.
I recently spent a week being a camp counselor for a group of 10- and 11-year-olds at Camp Okizu. The mission of Okizu is to provide peer support, respite, mentoring and recreational programs to meet the needs of all members of families affected by childhood cancer. Okizu offers week-long camps to children with cancer, as well as their siblings, in addition to weekend “family camps” that serve as occasions where parents can come together and share their experiences caring for a child with cancer.