With protests targeting Silicon Valley’s tech elite continuing in San Francisco, a group of companies is going to try a new approach to making nice with the city.
SF.citi member companies include Google, LinkedIn, Dropbox, Airbnb, Pinterest, and Square.
Member companies that choose to participate in the program will donate $US5,000 to San Francisco’s Education Fund, and will commit to participate in three to five “meaningful activities” with the schools. School principals will be called upon to tell the companies exactly what they need and how the volunteers can help.
For example, a team of Eventbrite employees brought healthy snacks to elementary school students before they had to take their first California standardized tests.
This program isn’t a cure-all for the San Francisco citizens worried about the sky-rocketing rent and general over-crowding and gentrification caused by the tech sector’s saturation. However, seeing techies connect with the city in a very real way could be a good demonstration that they’re not just living in their own Silicon Valley bubble.
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