On Friday March 17, 2017, 12 students from the Guardian Scholars Program, staff and Dean Lasana Hotep visited the YouTube headquarters in San Bruno. Students were treated to a panel with current YouTube employees, a buffet lunch from one of their many cafeterias, and finally a tour around the facilities. Students were able to get a glimpse at a film production studio, the collaborative work environment between developers, designers and filmmakers, and unique office spaces.
In addition, students were able to interact with employees and ask questions regarding the nature of their work, how to land a non-tech job at a technology company and the culture of YouTube. Consequently, students were able to identify careers they might apply to working at a company such as YouTube. Students who were previously uninterested in STEM majors started to take an interest and see first hand the importance of these majors. Guardian Scholar, Alfreda (Freda) Palmer says, “I was really thankful that I was able to go and experience this trip. I learned it’s never too late to learn a skill, especially one like coding”.
Article by: Tia Holiday