Title: founder and project manager for Got Tec Richmond, which has the mission of donating and funding needed technology equipment to underserved and underfunded schools in the Richmond area. Got Tec (https://www.facebook.com/GotTec Richmond/) has donated more than $42,000 worth of technology equipment, impacting more than 80 schools and 120 classrooms. Got Tec Richmond also organizes and mentors Learn to Code Day and Digital Art Advocacy events at the same schools.
Born: January 2001 in Henrico County
Education: a graduating senior in the Center for Information Technology at Deep Run High School; will be attending the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in the fall, majoring in computer science with a minor in new media and design and in mathematics
Career: Got Tec Richmond, founded in January 2016
What part of the metro area do you live?: western Henrico
Best business decision: “My best decision was combining my passions of computer science and community service to found a community initiative that donates and funds technology equipment to underserved and underfunded schools in the Richmond area.”
Worst business decision: “My worst decision was not staying focused on the mission of my community initiative and spreading my efforts too thin.”
Mistake you learned the most from: “The mistake I learned from the most was giving those you are trying to help what you think they need, instead of first listening to what they really need.”
What is the biggest challenge/opportunity in the next two to five years: “My biggest challenge will be replicating the mission of Got Tec in Greensboro, N.C., where I will be attending college, while continuing to manage Got Tec Richmond from afar to one day grow the impact regionally.”
If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently: “I would have founded Got Tec sooner to grow its local impact.”
Movie or book that inspired you the most, and why?: “Eat that Frog!” by Brian Tracey. The book “taught me several project management skills that were helpful in managing my community initiative as it grew.”
Favorite/least favorite subject in school: Favorite: computer science and digital media/art; least favorite: physical education.