Teen Tech Day Director, Shercole King was named in the Gambit Weekly’s 40 Under 40 for her work with teens, homelessness and the Greater New Orleans Community. We are proud of our leader and can’t wait to see what great things she does next!
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Book currently reading: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Favorite local band: Slangston Hughes & Fo on the Flo
Favorite restaurant: Koreole Cafe & Grocery
Shercole King attended Loyola University and did graduate work at the University of New Orleans before going on to pursue technical studies at Dillard University. She first became interested in computer coding in college — “I was playing around MySpace and wanted to make my page pretty,” she says. “Then I started making websites. I didn’t look at it as a career opportunity at the time.” Soon she was running a site called Good Nola (focusing on positive developments post-Hurricane Katrina) and another called Minority Weirdos. Today she works with homeless programs at VIA LINK, providing data quality and human services software for metro New Orleans groups working with homeless people. She also co-founded Teens for Tech, a program to bring technology to youth. Her one-day seminar, Teen Tech Day, is now in its sixth year.
Though King was born in the 8th Ward, she grew up and still lives in New Orleans East. “Housing-wise, it’s going good out there,” she says. “It’s slowly moving when it comes to businesses, but we’re getting a lot of small local businesses.”
What does she do for fun? “Happy hours!” — KEVIN ALLMAN