Economic opportunity is the key to breaking the cycle of exploitation among vulnerable communities. To break this cycle, AnnieCannons transforms survivors of human trafficking into thriving software professionals through a holistic coding bootcamp, then provides them with steady work through a development shop.
The program teaches in-demand technical skills, and the development shop helps graduates find project-based work to build a sustainable source of income. Survivors gain the economic opportunity they need to maintain a lifetime of freedom in a supportive, trauma-informed work environment.
- There’s an exponential rise in demand for programmers, with software developer jobs expected to grow 17 percent by 2024.
- 4,460 human trafficking cases were reported in the US in 2017, 80 percent of which were women and girls.
- Few anti-trafficking programs offer job training for survivors, and those that do train in low-skilled, highly gendered work that cannot support a living wage.
- 30 survivors trained in coding and high-demand tech skills to date
- 18 client projects completed through in-house development shop
- Featured by HuffPost, O’Reilly Media, Women 2.0, and more
- Become a fully self-sustaining 501(c)3 by 2020
- Double full-time staff size in 2018
AnnieCannons’ currently partners with:
- 35 corporate partners for volunteerism, donations, hiring, and co-marketing
- Partners and supporters include Palantir Technologies, Change A Path, SAP, Stanford University, Github, Twitter, City of Oakland, Pluralsight, Hack Reactor, and Axosoft
- Partners to scale up impact outsourcing business
- Firms offering data, testing, and frontend development jobs for graduates
- Marketing and content partners to spread the word about AnnieCannons
- Support to fund web development training for more survivors and hire qualified graduates as teachers