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Bella Minds

by missjennshaw

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About Bella Minds

**Bringing Tech Education to ALL Women** The goal of "Bella Minds": http://bellaminds.com is to ensure that ALL women in the U.S. can take advantage of the benefits of technology and compete in the digital economy. We empower women, beyond the major urban centers, to enrich their lives and livelihoods. **What is Bella Minds?** Bella Minds is a network of hands-on education centers outside major U.S. metro areas designed to train and equip women with marketable technology skills. ...Read More

About Bella Minds

Bringing Tech Education to ALL Women

The goal of “Bella Minds”: http://bellaminds.com is to ensure that ALL women in the U.S. can take advantage of the benefits of technology and compete in the digital economy. We empower women, beyond the major urban centers, to enrich their lives and livelihoods.

What is Bella Minds?
Bella Minds is a network of hands-on education centers outside major U.S. metro areas designed to train and equip women with marketable technology skills.

How does it work?
Our programs are designed to bring women together in an intensive, yet supportive environment over the course of multiple days, providing training in basic elements of success in a tech-savvy world. The learning objectives of our courses will center on job readiness for new-economy careers in technology.

Why do we care?
Bella Minds is a project of the founder of NYTechWomen, where she battles the sexism and ageism that runs rampant within the technology industry.

The NYTechWomen experience inspired Bella Minds — a women-only educational environment that bridges the digital divide and gives women in underserved communities the resources to succeed in the new economy.

Like many Americans, Jenn Shaw’s roots come from a small community with little opportunity. And every time our founder, Jenn, visits her hometown of Alliance, Nebraska, she sees the struggles her female peers deal with, like lack of college completion and service jobs that pay less than $9 an hour.

This is their reality, but we know it doesn’t have to be.

What’s the problem?
Learning opportunities are scarce in rural areas like Alliance.

While online training programs abound, allowing people to learn on their own, nearly 93% of them go unfinished. While availability is important, completing the learning is key. We strongly believe in the importance of community and face-to-face connections in teaching adults effectively.

Women outside major metro areas deserve the chance to benefit from the amazing experiences tech has to offer.

What’s Our Fundraising Goal?
We are looking to collect $25,000 to run a pilot program (25 women) Spring 2014 and lay the groundwork for a 2nd pilot.

We will be starting in our hometown, Alliance Nebraska, with a second Pilot location still to be determined.

We KNOW that we can close the digital divide for these experienced women, but we need your support!
Contribute to this project today!

missjennshaw

As Founder of NYTechWomen and Bella Minds I am equal parts social connector, digital analyst and adult-focused educator.

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Thank you!: A lovely "Only In New York" luxe postcard, designed by the NYTechWomen and Bella Minds designers at HT Design Studio, sent to you with a personal thank you, as well as a personal social media shout-out "THANK YOU" for helping the #BellaMinds revolution.

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Worldwide Founding Member: All the perks at the $10 level, as well as a listing on the Bella Minds website as a Founding Member and a live one-on-one 20-minute chat with Founder Jenn Shaw via phone or Skype.

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NYC Founding member: All the perks at the $10 level, plus a listing on the Bella Minds website as a Founding Member and an invitation to an intimate gathering of NYC's leading women in tech at Deborah Jackson's home on the evening of December 3rd.

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NYC Participating Member (Nov): You’ll be listed on both the Bella Minds website and inside the NYTechWomen monthly newsletter as a Participating Member. You'll also receive access to November (11/11/13) NYTechWomen #ManicMonday event. Very limited spots available.

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NYC Participating Member (Dec): You’ll be listed on both the Bella Minds website and inside the NYTechWomen monthly newsletter as a Participating Member. You'll also receive access to December (12/02/13) NYTechWomen #ManicMonday event. Very limited spots available.

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Worldwide Collaborating Member: You’ll be listed on both the Bella Minds website and inside the NYTechWomen monthly newsletter as a Collaborating Member. You'll receive both our "Only In New York" postcard/thank you package, as well as a Bella Minds custom canvas tote & our luxury notebook. You'll also receive access to a 75 minute livestream wi...

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NYC Collaborating Member: All the perks of the $10 level, plus a listing on both the Bella Minds website and in the NYTechWomen monthly newsletter as a Collaborating Member, as well as a Bella Minds custom canvas tote & our luxe notebook. You'll also receive access to a 30 minute in-person or 60-minute livestreamed meeting with Founder Jenn Sh...

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NYC Participating Member: You’ll be listed on both the Bella Minds website and inside the NYTechWomen monthly newsletter as a Participating Member. You'll also receive access to BOTH November (11/11/13) & December (12/2/13) NYTechWomen #ManicMonday events. Very limited spots available.

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limited: 13 of 55 available

NYC Innovator: All the perks of the $40 level, as well as an private, invitation-only brunch with a diverse group of social entrepreneurs, educators, innovators, and investors in NYC. This will be a great opportunity to connect and exchange ideas with key influencers and drivers in the social innovation space.

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Worldwide Innovator: We wish you were in NYC to join us as we campaign, but we still want to say THANK YOU! You will receive all the perks of the $40 worldwide level, plus 3 additional personalized mentions on social media, a 1/4-page spot in the pilot program training materials as an Innovator and a spot in the pilot program video for yoursel...

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NYC Leader: All the perks of the $40 level, as well as a limited outing to the April 8 game of the New York Yankees opening series vs the Baltimore Orioles, which you’ll attend with Founder Jenn Shaw and 20 other NYC leaders.

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Bella Minds Scholarship Fund: 
Bring your passion and help us create the Bella Minds Scholarship Fund by sponsoring financially challenged students to attend Bella Minds programs. You will also receive our Worldwide Collaborating Member package, and we will send information about the students you are sponsoring and updates on the impact your don...

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Investor Circle: We thank you for your ongoing commitment to improving the lives of mid-career, often technically underserved women. To extend our gratitude for your special gift, we will recognize our Investors as Founding Board Members, create a Scholarship in the name of the Donor and include both a full page ad in the pilot program training ...

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Funders

Bella Minds is supported by a community of 272 funders

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