‘Mayor’ of San Francisco Tenderloin District Works to Provide Tech Jobs to Underserved, At-Risk
Sharon Chin, CBS San Fransciso
A man who was once described as the biggest drug dealer of San Francisco’s Tenderloin is now known as the district’s “mayor” for his work in making sure his neighbors get a fair shot at new technology jobs in their area.
Del Seymour founded Code Tenderloin in 2015. The nonprofit has provided free job training classes to more than 1,000 homeless, formerly incarcerated, and others who are at-risk. Program participants learn basic coding and job readiness skills such as interviewing and resume writing.
Nearly nine in 10 Code Tenderloin participants secure jobs or go to college. The group partners with firms like Uber, LinkedIn, Microsoft and Twitter, which offer grants, classroom space, volunteers, and in some cases, paid internships.