Meet Victoria Summerville - a UNT Dallas business student and Bold Idea mentor. Learn how an early admiration for her dad led to engaging Oak Cliff students in technology today.
Meet Jonathan Florentino - a software engineer, Dominican Republic native and Bold Idea mentor. Learn how he went from building computers at age 10 to the tech lead on an engineering team at Alkami Technology.
Meet Caroline Bell - a data and AI consultant, STEM advocate, music performer, and Bold Idea mentor. Learn how a website competition in middle school led to a career in machine learning at Microsoft.
Meet Mae Rock - an Alkami project manager, UTD alum and Bold Idea program site coordinator. In addition to having an awesome name, Mae uses her problem solving and efficiency skills to ensure that our Alkami program site runs smoothly each week. She rocks!
“Having the opportunity to be a part of cultivating these attributes for the next generation makes me feel involved and proud of the future.”
Meet Thomas Crain, UT Dallas computer science student, future Microsoft intern, master lock picker, and Bold Idea mentor. See how empathy has made Thomas a valuable mentor.
Meet Loveena Cherukunnathu, Bold Idea mentor, world traveler and data engineer. See how a high school programming class led to helping young girls write their first ‘Hello World’ today.
Meet Tyler Milner, Bold Idea mentor, pepper plant grower, and iOS architect. See how an early interest in tech and computer gaming led him to a career at Bottle Rocket.
Meet long-time Bold Idea mentor Sarah Sahibzada, a software consultant at Pariveda Solutions. “Throughout my time at Bold Idea, I’ve worked at transforming my mentorship from ‘teach people and help them to avoid making the same mistakes you’ve made’ to ‘understand the needs and goals of each person and help them get there’.”
We interview Bold Idea mentor Alex Polednik and learn why he enjoys mentoring: “I love seeing the creativity and excitement when the students get to see their idea go from concept to working project!”
“Don’t be intimidated by how complicated something seems! The fastest way to learn something is by doing it. Think of an idea for a small project and pursue it!” - Brennan Saul, Bold Idea mentor