Why BRIDGEGOOD

Social Impact since 2009

Design is crucial – it is shaping the future of work, influencing culture, and transforming society. BRIDGEGOOD is cultivating the next generation of designers of social good.

Design skills and tech literacy are fundamental to professional success in the 21st century

Biases in hiring and recruiting often exclude women and students of color from entering the technology workforce. Less than 22% of design employees in the tech workforce are Black (3.3%), Latino/a/x (8.6%), or Asian (9.3%), limiting access to high-wage, high-growth careers and halting the professional trajectories for communities of color.

Design-related tech jobs are among the fastest growing and highest paying job category. For instance, User Experience (UX) Designer salaries in the Bay Area start at $95K, with an average base bay of $130,013 per year. For students with non-traditional backgrounds that are un- or under-employed, this is an absolute game changer.

To level the playing field, BRIDGEGOOD provides BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) students with tuition-free design education, equitable tech access, mentorship with working professionals, and career-building resources.

Oakland Mindset with a Global Reach

Increasing accessibility and diversity in the design ecosystem is a critical global priority

Global market research company Forrester estimates the size of the global design industry to be $162 billion and believes multiple software categories used in design will grow more than 20% year-over-year. 

In February 2021, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics released updated employment projections for the next 10 years. In it, they doubled its pre-pandemic designers growth projections for the next decade. Forrester’s global survey of design teams found that one-third expected to grow by more than 25%. Based on these data points, the number of designers is expected to grow even faster. 

For over a decade, BRIDGEGOOD continues to deliver programs that breakdown the barriers and obstacles affecting opportunities for women and underrepresented designers of color to participate in the global design ecosystem. By 2030, our goal is to train 40,000 student participants to enter ideally one of three career paths:

UX / UI Designer

A User Experience (UX) or User Interface (UI) designer is a technical role that enhances customer satisfaction by improving the usability, accessibility, and happiness associated with a product. The position combines elements of research, psychology, and digital design. Creatives who enjoy bringing abstract concepts to life and working with a team perform well. 

Visual Designer

A Visual Designer is a creative role that creates designs for products including websites, apps, motion graphics, and more. The position may combine marketing, consultation, and creation throughout all stages of product and brand development – ultimately to raise brand awareness. A customer-first approach and experience working with new media are encouraged.

Product Designer

A Product Designer is responsible for the design and development of products. Duties may include improving existing designs, reviewing new concepts, overseeing new features, and reporting metrics to managers. Successful candidates have a strong working knowledge of design and excellent concept to launch capabilities. Should understand industry trends and market conditions.

50+ Schools Impacted

13 Years of Community Service

9,000+ Students Trained

12 Counties Reached

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Share your Generosity

Donate to BRIDGEGOOD

What are you funding?

  • $50 funds BRIDGEGOOD Open Labs
  • $250 funds Inspire Oakland Billboards & Media
  • $500 funds Career Incubator Student Stipends
  • $1,000 funds UX Design Apprenticeship Scholarships
  • 100% of your online donations go towards programming

Dedicate your Time

Volunteer with BRIDGEGOOD

What do volunteers do?

  • Lead one-off design + tech workshops
  • Teach a session during one of our programs
  • Mentor students during one of our programs
  • Connect us with your company (e.g., CSR)
  • Support the BRIDGEGOOD staff with a variety of tasks

Real-world Collaboration to Enhance Learning & Employment

BRIDGEGOOD's Impact

Founded in 2009, BRIDGEGOOD is an award-winning 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides equitable tech access, design opportunities, and professional resources to job seekers.

For over a decade, BRIDGEGOOD continues to advance design for social good while creating a more equitable society.

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