Date of Graduation

Spring 5-21-2015

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Arts in International and Multicultural Education (IME)


School of Education


International and Multicultural Education (IME)

First Advisor

Dr. Monisha I. Bajaj


This project examined how Hack the Hood, a Bay Area non-profit organization, successfully works with low-income youth of color in an outside of school context using technological skills to empower them. Critical Race Theory, community cultural wealth, and the many studies on academic success provided a model through which to examine the efficacy and cultural relevance of Hack the Hood programming using interviews and data already gathered on the organization. Based on the analysis of Hack the Hood and the promising findings related to how their work advance several of the tenets of the community cultural wealth model, this project developed a series of workshop ideas to offer educators and community organizers in other settings with a source of inspiration on how to work with low-income youth of color in culturally relevant ways that acknowledge the vast wealth and skills they already have. This project aims to build on the limited research on how programs that work with low-income youth of color can resist culturally deficit narratives and empower youth to succeed.