BRIDGEGOOD, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, provides emerging Designers with career skills required for some of the 1.4+ million tech job openings expected to be available in the U.S. by 2021, and aims to train 30,000 early stage Creatives by 2030.
TRACK RECORD OF SUCCESS
Giving job seeking Designers & Creatives the professional resources to discover and explore meaningful careers while improving diverse local economies. To date, BRIDGEGOOD has directly impacted the lives of 6,500 Bay Area Students, Entrepreneurs, Businesses, and Organizations. Our programs have boosted the economy by $5.8 million, leading to opportunities for 21st century employment and economic mobility.
Design For Social Good
Preparing student Creatives for meaningful design & tech careers. Operating as a design studio and web application, Businesses & Nonprofits receive essential design services while helping Students thrive.
At BRIDGEGOOD, we believe that technological advancement should benefit society as a whole, not just a privileged segment of the population.
As the digital economy continues to expand, it is our responsibility to educate the under-served in digital literacy, design, and marketing, so that they are not excluded from the majority of future opportunities.
Nearly 15% of businesses in Oakland are registered as leisure and entertainment—the largest increase of businesses being restaurants and bars.
While this may benefit the nightlife, mom-and-pop businesses that provide essential services are becoming extinct, and technological gaps are largely to blame. As the economy becomes increasingly digital, the distribution of wealth tips in favor of the digitally literate, leaving the illiterate in danger of failure.
BRIDGEGOOD’s unique collaboration of community, design, and technology inspires us every day to make our organization an even more powerful force for change.
We are actively supplying under-resourced community members (students of color ages 18-34; women-owned businesses ages 40+) with professional resources, mentorship, digital literacy education, economic autonomy, and career and networking opportunities.
Student Voices & the Arts
Each year we ask emerging Creatives and Designers to create original artwork that answers the question, “What about Oakland inspires you?”
To date, over 1,600 community college and state-level students have participated for the chance to have their designs featured on Inspire Oakland billboards, bus ads, benches, and digital LEDs throughout the greater East Bay.
Community & Student Leadership
Annually, BRIDGEGOOD visits up to 50 schools (namely in Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo) including community colleges, state colleges, and universities. During our visits, we help prepare students of color with the professional resources and career-related tools required to be leaders in their community.
While design jobs (e.g., UX, UI, Visual, Graphic) within the tech sector are booming, design students of color are being left behind.
Demand and opportunity for designers are high; in fact, the 2nd top-paying workforce of Graphic Designers in the nation resides in the Bay Area. Yet opportunities for designers of color remain scarce. Jobs for this marginalized group dwindle as designers from well-resourced colleges secure employment.
Recent reports confirm: tech is coming to Oakland and long-time residents are moving to affordable Bay Area cities.
With the development of 300+ tech or Web-based startups in the area, the Bay Area faces unique obstacles. Community members from East and West Oakland are particularly sensitive to the influx of tech from a cultural and economic viewpoint (e.g., gentrification). This is an issue that is close to us, as three-fourths of our board reside here.
Teamwork makes the dream work
Meet Our Team
Community-driven ecosystem of creators, leaders, and visionaries. BRIDGEGOOD is guided by a core set of values: Content Creation & Innovation, Collaboration & Inclusiveness, Literacy & Skill Mastery, Knowledge Sharing & Learning, Transparency & Neutrality.
Developing meaningful careers in design + tech
Get a free online portfolio. Meet & hire talent. Attend exclusive events. Explore tech jobs. Come explore our current offerings, all based on real-world application.
BRIDGEGOOD is more than tech – they have prepared me for a meaningful career that I love. Never before, did I imagine I could work at one of the biggest names in design. This is life changing…
Graduate, UX Apprenticeship
Design Associate - Adobe
I always loved building things. By working with designers on a real-world platform (BRIDGEGOOD.com), I was able to build a feature that ‘shipped’ and utilized the experience to get my first tech job.
Engineer Intern, BRIDGEGOOD.com
Frontend Developer - Viscira
I learned so many things from Inspire Oakland – understanding a creative brief, the importance of research, and delivering spec-ready artwork to a client. The competition was my first step into the design and tech world.
Participant, Inspire Oakland Program
Graphic Designer - YouTube
Media & Press
Design is more important than ever. Learn how BRIDGEGOOD connects the worlds of design, technology, and business - together.