Survivors of human trafficking face an uphill battle rebuilding their lives. Many have limited access to opportunities or career training capable of giving them true independence or economic power. All too often, Survivors’ career prospects are stifled by discrimination and stigma in existing work environments.
We are dedicated to training survivors in one of today’s most lucrative skills: computer programming. During and after training, our students start earning income by working on client projects in a safe, supportive, and nondiscriminatory environment.
By providing opportunities to individuals who have been unfairly denied opportunity, we seek to unlock innovative potential in ways that can improve these individuals’ lives and society as a whole.
“AnnieCannons” means innovation through collaboration, especially collaboration of the under-appreciated. Annie Jump Cannon worked at the Harvard Observatory with a team of women in the early 20th century. Their names are generally unknown. Yet Annie discerned the very categories stars fall into, and other women in her lab discovered how to measure the distance between galaxies, to understand the elemental composition of stars and their lifecycle. One published a thesis that would serve as the core astronomy textbook for years. Most were told they should “go be a housewife.” We’re glad they didn’t.
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“I would highly recommend the training because I believe that every single girl in San Francisco and in this world deserves the human right of education…I think that AnnieCannons is going to change their lives, that it is going to be super helpful because you can have the skills and have the support that you need to follow your dreams and to have a better life for yourself and your family.”
“Reason #1 I joined this training is to help my community.”
“Sometimes [this training] gets complicated and sometimes it’s really fun.”
“I want to use the training to find solutions for the things that are happening in my community like homelessness, housing prices, sex trafficking and domestic violence.”
“Thank you for giving me this opportunity and for the love and support that I get. I feel that this is gonna change my life and my community."