Monica Roberts Essay Contest 2021

January 04, 2022

Monica Roberts (transgriot.com) used her gift to tell the stories of people in the Trans community with dignity and respect. In honor of Monica and her extraordinary legacy, TransTech Social Enterprises launched the Monica Roberts Essay & Blogger Contest. During the 2020 TransTech Summit we encouraged the community to use their original voice, unique style, fresh point of view, creativity, descriptive language, proper diction, “Realness”, clarity, valuable content and/or research, clarity, and peer impact for their entries. We would like to thank all of those that took the time to share their work, stories and truths with the community advisory board. After much deliberation we are proud to announce the winners of the inaugural Monica Roberts Essay Contest.

Grand Prize

Awakening in the Garden of Restlessness
By: Tiana Bolden

Runners Up

Let Them Eat
By: Jordan

Challenges and Choices: My Story
By: Angelique Piwinski

Blogger Award

Who Profits From Our Suffering? The Black Trans Housing Scam Taking Over Instagram
By: Lazarus Letcher

Check back soon for updates for the contest this year at the 2022 TransTech Summit. Employ. Empower. Educate.

Meet Our Members

GROW x Rhys x Power2Fly

We had the unique opportunity to interview Rhys Tirado, a TransTech Social Enterprise Community Member and friend, about their journey with our early edition of G.R.O.W with TransTech and how the once Bootcamp, now turned program, gave them a valuable opportunity to take power into their own hands and become an advocate for their own …

Meet Ignacio

Ignacio G Hutía Xeiti Rivera, M.A., is a cultural sociologist with expertise in sexual trauma, healing, and liberation for marginalized populations. They are an internationally known gender non-conforming speaker, trainer, and consultant. Ignacio uses they/them/their pronouns and is a co-partner at The HEAL Project. In 2002, Ignacio publicly performed Lágrimas de Cocodrilo — a personal …

Monica Roberts Essay Contest – Accountability Statement

December 22, 2021

We at TransTech Social Enterprises know that in order to achieve a more just society and working environment for trans people, we have to model the world that we wish to see. We have to embody the values of respect, decency and transparency for our trans members and our entire community. At every level of TransTech, we have to be the best example of inclusion, equity and transparency.

Every day, there are moments where we are successful and others where we fall short. But that’s not enough, because we know that it means the world to our community that we show up all the time. Our community relies on us and we cannot demand for more accessibility, opportunity and equity if we ourselves are not showing up.

The Monica Roberts essay contest was supposed to be an opportunity for our members to express themselves and share their lived experiences, and to be rewarded for that expression and creativity with the thing that some of our membership regularly say they need the most: cash. But by failing to adequately ensure that that process was a timely and responsive one, we hurt many of our members more than we helped.

We intend to correct that today by not only announcing our winner but by immediately starting the process of awarding the winner their winnings and ensuring we create a process for future contests. 

This process was not perfect, but we have learned from our mistakes. We intend to do better by our members, our community and by everyone who depends on us. Thank you to all who participated, thank you for your patience and your belief in us, and thank you for existing.

TransTech Community Advisory Board

Meet Our Members

GROW x Rhys x Power2Fly

We had the unique opportunity to interview Rhys Tirado, a TransTech Social Enterprise Community Member and friend, about their journey with our early edition of G.R.O.W with TransTech and how the once Bootcamp, now turned program, gave them a valuable opportunity to take power into their own hands and become an advocate for their own …

Meet Ignacio

Ignacio G Hutía Xeiti Rivera, M.A., is a cultural sociologist with expertise in sexual trauma, healing, and liberation for marginalized populations. They are an internationally known gender non-conforming speaker, trainer, and consultant. Ignacio uses they/them/their pronouns and is a co-partner at The HEAL Project. In 2002, Ignacio publicly performed Lágrimas de Cocodrilo — a personal …

Support TransTech this Giving Tuesday

November 30, 2021

Giving Tuesday is a movement that unleashes the power of radical generosity around the world and here at TransTech, we unleash the power of radical change and growth within our community.

GivingTuesday reimagines a world built upon shared humanity and generosity. A shared goal for everyone in the world that believes change can and will happen through our shared experiences of understanding that we are better together.

This GivingTuesday we are sharing a call to action that echoes this meaning more than ever, we are offering you all a moment to share with us as we cultivate change and awareness around black and brown trans people thriving, learning new skills, and owning their power.

TransTech is an incubator for LGBTQ Talent with a focus on economically empowering the T, transgender people, in our community. At TransTech, we learn and work together to develop skills and value within marginalized LGBTQ communities.

To support us in our efforts for global change donate below:

Each of your donations will go directly to aid in our programming for our community members, our upcoming summit, and our trans-led staff.

Meet Our Members

GROW x Rhys x Power2Fly

We had the unique opportunity to interview Rhys Tirado, a TransTech Social Enterprise Community Member and friend, about their journey with our early edition of G.R.O.W with TransTech and how the once Bootcamp, now turned program, gave them a valuable opportunity to take power into their own hands and become an advocate for their own …

Meet Ignacio

Ignacio G Hutía Xeiti Rivera, M.A., is a cultural sociologist with expertise in sexual trauma, healing, and liberation for marginalized populations. They are an internationally known gender non-conforming speaker, trainer, and consultant. Ignacio uses they/them/their pronouns and is a co-partner at The HEAL Project. In 2002, Ignacio publicly performed Lágrimas de Cocodrilo — a personal …

TransTech:
Funding Recipient of #GoogleOrgImpactChallenge

November 08, 2021

We applied to the Google.org Impact Challenge for Women and Girls, an open call to organizations working on projects that create economic opportunities for women and girls. We were drawn to this program for their intentional inclusion of transwomen.

Today, we are thrilled to announce that we were selected from a pool of 7,800 applications to receive funding and additional support from Google.org. With this funding, we’ll continue our work to employ, empower and educate through our revamped G.R.O.W. Program.

To learn more about the Impact Challenge, and the other incredible organizations who were selected at g.co/womenandgirlschallenge.

Meet Our Members

GROW x Rhys x Power2Fly

We had the unique opportunity to interview Rhys Tirado, a TransTech Social Enterprise Community Member and friend, about their journey with our early edition of G.R.O.W with TransTech and how the once Bootcamp, now turned program, gave them a valuable opportunity to take power into their own hands and become an advocate for their own …

Meet Ignacio

Ignacio G Hutía Xeiti Rivera, M.A., is a cultural sociologist with expertise in sexual trauma, healing, and liberation for marginalized populations. They are an internationally known gender non-conforming speaker, trainer, and consultant. Ignacio uses they/them/their pronouns and is a co-partner at The HEAL Project. In 2002, Ignacio publicly performed Lágrimas de Cocodrilo — a personal …

The Future is BRIGHT at TransTech

October 21, 2021

As we enter the last quarter of 2021, the team at TransTech is beyond excited for the future of our organization. With the full support of our founder, Angelica Ross, and our Community Advisory Board I officially accepted the position of Interim Executive Director on October 8th. Although my transition has only begun, we have already made some amazing progress toward our organization’s goals and programming.

As a member of TransTech since May 2017, I know first-hand the power of our network and our membership. Working on and presenting at the first TransTech summit allowed me to see the vision that Ms. Ross had for this organization and to create a relationship with the teams working to bring it to fruition. My experience as a member of TransTech truly changed the trajectory of my career and my life. Through volunteer work in design and social media, I have been able to continue supporting the mission of TransTech over these years. This work has come with great dedication and admiration for all that our organization has accomplished.

In October 2020, when I was asked to join the Community Advisory Board (CAB) I knew that the opportunity would allow me to use my experience in corporate alongside my independent work with non-profit organizations and fortune-500 companies. With our focus on continuing to empower, educate, and employ – our CAB, along with myself, are excited to build and restore our programming and membership engagement.

It is not lost on us that TransTech is successful because it is a community of over 1,500 committed members globally, 6 dedicated board members, and gracious donors. Over the years engagement with our membership has aligned mostly with our TransTech Summit and big announcements. However, as of November 1, 2021, we will be onboarding our first Program Coordinator, Mataoe Aiden James Nevils. They will be working alongside myself and our CAB to connect with our membership and create programming that is relevant, engaging, and diverse. These last few months of 2021 are going to be pivotal for our organization and I truly look forward to sharing these high points with all of you.

As many of you may already know, the TransTech Social Enterprises Leadership team has decided to postpone our 2021 TransTech Summit. It was originally scheduled for November 2021. However, to prioritize the capacity of our team and the needs of the community we have rescheduled the workshop to March 31, 2022-April 3, 2022. Our teams are looking forward to bringing in National Trans Day of Visibility with every member of the TransTech family and making this the best summit experience to date!

With the help of our Program Coordinator, we will also be revamping the G.R.O.W. with TransTech virtual programming. Our last session was in March 2020 and we are excited to see the skills and development that Mataoe has in store. Additionally, TransTech will be providing access to a few members to the LinkedIn Learning Library. This opportunity will give our members access to over 16,000+ online courses taught by real-world professionals. In an effort to reach one of the most marginalized groups within our community, we will be prioritizing access for our member that have engaged in sex work within the last 12-24 months.

With the diligent work from myself, our Program Coordinator, our CAB, and all our volunteers TransTech is well positioned and will continue to build upon the legacy that Ms. Ross has put into place. We will aim to build our membership, execute high-level programming, and continue our efforts to employ our community. I look forward to, with great anticipation, all that we will accomplish in the years ahead and genuinely appreciate your patience during these transitions. TransTech is all that it is because of you!

In Solidarity,

E.C. Pizarro III

Meet Our Members

GROW x Rhys x Power2Fly

We had the unique opportunity to interview Rhys Tirado, a TransTech Social Enterprise Community Member and friend, about their journey with our early edition of G.R.O.W with TransTech and how the once Bootcamp, now turned program, gave them a valuable opportunity to take power into their own hands and become an advocate for their own …

Meet Ignacio

Ignacio G Hutía Xeiti Rivera, M.A., is a cultural sociologist with expertise in sexual trauma, healing, and liberation for marginalized populations. They are an internationally known gender non-conforming speaker, trainer, and consultant. Ignacio uses they/them/their pronouns and is a co-partner at The HEAL Project. In 2002, Ignacio publicly performed Lágrimas de Cocodrilo — a personal …

TransTech x Linux Foundation Training & Certification Scholarship

June 17, 2021

TransTech will award 50 scholarships per quarter to our members, with the Linux Foundation Training & Certification providing each of the recipients with a voucher to register for any Linux Foundation eLearning course and certification exam at no charge, such as the Linux Foundation Certified IT Associate, Certified Kubernetes Administrator, Open.js Node.js Certified Application Developer, and more!

Linux Foundation Training & Certification offers dozens of training courses and certification exams around open source technologies that serve as the infrastructure for the modern world. From Linux which powers all the world’s supercomputers and the vast majority of mobile phones and the internet itself, to Node.js which is one of the most popular frameworks for developing web applications, to Kubernetes which has become essential to anyone working with cloud systems, learning these technologies can open countless doors to lucrative career opportunities.

“We know how difficult it can be to get started in the technology field, especially coming from an underrepresented community where you don’t see many people like you front and center in technology roles,” said Linux Foundation SVP & GM of Training & Certification Clyde Seepersad. “We are excited to work with TransTech to lower the barrier to entry and help hundreds of individuals this year figure out where to start. We look forward to seeing where the scholarship recipients take their open source careers, and hope they will inspire more members of the LGBTQ community to consider entering the tech sector.”

Applications for these scholarships are now open:

Meet Our Members

GROW x Rhys x Power2Fly

We had the unique opportunity to interview Rhys Tirado, a TransTech Social Enterprise Community Member and friend, about their journey with our early edition of G.R.O.W with TransTech and how the once Bootcamp, now turned program, gave them a valuable opportunity to take power into their own hands and become an advocate for their own …

Meet Ignacio

Ignacio G Hutía Xeiti Rivera, M.A., is a cultural sociologist with expertise in sexual trauma, healing, and liberation for marginalized populations. They are an internationally known gender non-conforming speaker, trainer, and consultant. Ignacio uses they/them/their pronouns and is a co-partner at The HEAL Project. In 2002, Ignacio publicly performed Lágrimas de Cocodrilo — a personal …

Thank You for your Support on #GivingTuesday!

December 04, 2015

Our first ever #GivingTuesday was an exciting and exhilarating experience for us! We put together the informational video on Monday, and promoted our campaign with great enthusiasm on Tuesday and we couldn’t thank you enough for your generous response!

$855 was raised yesterday on #GivingTuesday, reaching 34.2% of our One-Day goal of $2,500! That is huge! We can’t thank you enough for making our first #GivingTuesday a success, reaching a whopping 1/3rd of the goal!

We are really pleased and humbled by your #GivingTuesday response, and greatly appreciate all of the retweets! We encourage you to continue to show your support by sharing our Facebook posts and retweeting us on Twitter so that we may reach our end-of-year fundraising goal. Every share can result in a donation to our cause and mission.  Your support and the support of your networks is vital to the success of the TransTech community.

Our campaign will run through the end of day, December 31st, 2015.  Your donations will continue to maintain and operate our learning and career development opportunities available to members of TransTech, with a focus on transgender and gender nonconforming people.

As a reminder, what we are trying to achieve for the Winter 2015/16 session is to obtain the following:

Hardware: At least 5 new computers that can handle graphics design and multimedia software and 5 other workstation computers that are used by students for internet access and watching video tutorials.

Rent and Utilities: Our co-share space costs around $1,000 a month and every dollar we raise helps keep our door open, with high-speed internet access and beverages.

Workshops: Hosting hands-on skills workshops and providing tools such as access to the robust library of Lynda.com video tutorials.

Once again, thank you so much for your support and kicking off our year-end fundraising campaign with a massive bang!

TransTech #GivingTuesday

Meet Our Members

GROW x Rhys x Power2Fly

We had the unique opportunity to interview Rhys Tirado, a TransTech Social Enterprise Community Member and friend, about their journey with our early edition of G.R.O.W with TransTech and how the once Bootcamp, now turned program, gave them a valuable opportunity to take power into their own hands and become an advocate for their own …

Meet Ignacio

Ignacio G Hutía Xeiti Rivera, M.A., is a cultural sociologist with expertise in sexual trauma, healing, and liberation for marginalized populations. They are an internationally known gender non-conforming speaker, trainer, and consultant. Ignacio uses they/them/their pronouns and is a co-partner at The HEAL Project. In 2002, Ignacio publicly performed Lágrimas de Cocodrilo — a personal …

Memberships are now free to all.

November 20, 2015

You spoke. We listened.

TransTech recently relaunched our programming to offer an environment that fostered skill building and job placement. Our intentions were to create a buy in to our programming, one that created responsibility, and we tied that to a monthly fee.The cost was going to be $99 per month and per person, and was also going to be offered through a sliding scale, scholarship and volunteering in lieu of payment. Through community feedback we have received and much reflection, we have decided to entirely remove the fee and offer our membership free of charge. Although we have limited space for members at this time, each member will have to sign an agreement that ensures that our environment is a safe and encouraging space where everyone can grow in their professional development. There still is a buy-in to this program, but it will be about personal commitment and reaching goals that will be set by the individual.

What does the membership offer?

Even though the membership is now free of charge, our services and programs are still just as comprehensive and robust. We offer a professional office space that has WiFi, computers with the necessary software and facilitators to assist members with building marketable skills, and creating a resume and a professional portfolio. Our office is a collaborative working space that will also have contracted job bids in the digital creative services field.

What are the expectations of a member?

First, a potential member has to fill out a membership application, and then attend an orientation where they will start working on their professional plan with our program coordinator. Each member has specific goals and benchmarks that they accomplish on their own approved timeline. Members are encouraged to try to gain new skills, use our video training through Lynda.com, and grow a portfolio of marketable skills. We focus on getting our members working on paid projects so we encourage skills like Graphic Design, coding, Web Design, social media management, content writing and administrative support skills. Also, a variety of educational workshops will be conducted by professionals who have expertise in those areas. Additionally, members will inducted into our mentorship program that offers one-on-one meetings to help them reach goals and make professional decisions.

Why did we change the price?

We felt like it was turning people off to the program or creating stress for individuals who could not afford it even though we were offering it for less through a sliding scale, scholarships, and volunteer hours. It was originally about accountability and also for those who had the access or privilege to be part of the program.

I applied, now what?

If you recently applied and are in the Chicago area, we have notified you about this change and encourage you to join our upcoming orientation. If you have already done our orientation then please join us by signing your membership agreement. If you are outside of Chicago, we are still finding ways to connect you to our resources and training. We expect to have more online courses and workshops mid 2016.

What if I want to be a part of your programs or workshops but am not yet ready to commit to a membership?

We are trying to create another avenue, but since we have changed our membership structure, we no longer will offer the community level membership that was free and offered a drop in-day as well as access to our workshops. Depending on how many members we register and induct, this may change. So please stay tuned and join our newsletter, facebook and twitter for updates.

Meet Our Members

GROW x Rhys x Power2Fly

We had the unique opportunity to interview Rhys Tirado, a TransTech Social Enterprise Community Member and friend, about their journey with our early edition of G.R.O.W with TransTech and how the once Bootcamp, now turned program, gave them a valuable opportunity to take power into their own hands and become an advocate for their own …

Meet Ignacio

Ignacio G Hutía Xeiti Rivera, M.A., is a cultural sociologist with expertise in sexual trauma, healing, and liberation for marginalized populations. They are an internationally known gender non-conforming speaker, trainer, and consultant. Ignacio uses they/them/their pronouns and is a co-partner at The HEAL Project. In 2002, Ignacio publicly performed Lágrimas de Cocodrilo — a personal …