The Springboard Initiative was created to address two opportunities:

For talented, but as yet under-resourced youth

The opportunity to unleash the untapped talents of hundreds of thousands of smart, but under-resourced young people in minority communities, and get them trained and ready for productive, high paid jobs in the high tech industry.

For high tech employers

The opportunity to help high tech companies address their need for talent, through a strategic, long-term vision talent development program that will produce perfect entry level employees.

Base 11

Base 11, a non-profit public benefit organization focused on empowering high-potential, low resource, underserved individuals with training for employment in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) related enterprises. Its team of proven educators and experienced trainers will develop curricula in collaboration with specific prospective employers, will establish partnerships with participating community colleges and will manage all aspects of the technical training.

City College of San Francisco and Skyline College

City College of San Francisco and Skyline College, both community colleges, have collaborate on curriculum development, and will provide the educators, the technical training and facilities for the program. The City College of San Francisco works collaboratively with state and local initiatives like Springboard to create effective technical training programs that will have a positive economic impact on the under-served communities by increasing the job readiness of its students.

The Bayview Hunter’s Point YMCA

The Bayview Hunter’s Point YMCA in San Francisco will utilize the Independent Living Life Skills (TILLS) Academy to provide leadership and soft skills training, and professional development. TILLS has had extensive experience in preparing transitional age youth in underserved communities with life and career-readiness skills, including self-identification of vision, passions, and personality strengths and the foundational personal, social, and professional skills necessary for decision making, problem solving, turning vision into strategies and action plans, and effective teamwork and collaboration.


Mo’ MAGIC, a San Francisco neighborhood-based non-profit organization whose mission is to transform the community and youth through the MAGIC of collaboration, will provide the “case management” for students participating in the Springboard Initiative. Mo’ MAGIC was founded in 2004 by the SF Public Defender’s Office to address San Francisco communities plagued by poverty and violence, and, working with community residents, faith based organizations, local government, nonprofit organizations, schools and other foundations, has had a successful track record in helping guide inner-city youth. Case management will focus on assuring student success through hands-on relationships with all constituents in the program.

Herriford Consulting Group

Herriford Consulting Group is a well-recognized San Francisco based organization that provides customized training for educators and business professionals on engaging underrepresented students and employees pursuing education and careers in the high tech industry. It will provide the cultural awareness and sensitivity training for employers.

Jareem Gunter

Jareem Gunter is collaborating with Mo’Magic on the development and facilitation of the Springboard mentor program. Jareem will conduct the mentor training and work with mentors to lay the foundation for effective mentor/mentee engagement and development, and facilitate the monthly mentor/mentee engagement activities. Jareem has been working in youth development for over 15 years, primarily with at-risk youth. He has created several mentoring and coaching programs, including FLY (First Love Yourself), which addresses the transition to manhood among adolescent males, and Men's Corner, which brings men together to learn how to become better men growing up in today’s society.

Ellie Mae

Ellie Mae (NYSE: ELLI) is the leading provider of operating software for the mortgage industry. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, it employs hundreds of engineers and technical support personnel throughout the United States. Ellie Mae will help develop the training program, will be the employer for the pilot program, and will “write the book” for other high tech employers to employ and productively integrate newly-minted graduates of the Springboard Initiative program.

Springboard Leadership:


Sig Anderman

Founder and Executive Director

The Springboard Initiative is being spearheaded by Sig Anderman, a successful entrepreneur, and Founder and Chairman of the Board of Ellie Mae, Inc., a high tech company located in Pleasanton California that employs approximately 1,000 people across the United States and is traded on the NYSE (ELLI). He is Director of the Anderman Family Fund, a charitable fund focused on causes related to social justice, the environment and the arts. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund.

E-Mail : sig@springboardinitiative.com


Sonya Brunswick

Project Director

The Springboard Project Director is Sonya Brunswick, a seasoned leader in the field of education and personal development in underserved communities. Ms. Brunswick is a veteran of the United States Air Force, formerly a computer technician with the Department of Agriculture in Washington D.C., and a senior software engineer with KLA-Tencor in Silicon Valley. She has served in youth development work for nearly thirty years, as a youth pastor, youth & family counselor, youth coordinator, program director and executive director working both nationally and abroad. Cultivating and managing strategic partnerships among non-profits and innovative program development have been a hallmark of her leadership expertise.

E-Mail : sonya@springboardinitiative.com

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