Next To Silicon Valley, Nonprofits Draw Youth Of Color Into Tech : All Tech Considered : NPR: Twenty-year-old Taneka Armstrong wants to land a high-tech job, but her day starts at Taco Bell.
In Oakland, Calif., next door to Silicon Valley, Armstrong stands behind a steel counter, making Burrito Supremes and ringing up customers. She counts pennies and quarters. She also gets orders from her bosses, who she says can be pretty condescending.
"They're just like, 'Oh, did you know that already?' Or, 'Can you do this?' " she says. "Yes, I've been doing it, for almost a year now."
Armstrong lives two lives. This first one, which starts as early as 5 a.m., doesn't challenge her or pay well. And that's why she set off in search of life No. 2: learning tech skills.
That's not an easy path, though. Technology companies have a problem when it comes to employee diversity.