Former Federal Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra and entertainer Jon Bon Jovi, along with a number of private sector and non-profit leaders, announced on Wednesday the launch of SummerQAmp, a nationwide initiative to train youth in high-tech skills as a commitment to the White House’s Summer Jobs+ program.
Chopra and Bon Jovi joined GroupMe co-founder Steve Martocci, Gilt Groupe’s Vice President of Quality Engineering Kevin Haggard and Onswipe’s CEO Jason Baptiste in creating the program.
“SummerJobs+ and SummerQAmp educate and train young people who might not ordinarily consider a career in technology,” said Jon Bon Jovi. “On behalf of the White House Council for Community Solutions, I support SummerJobs+ and their mission to empower youth who are presently disconnected from education, jobs, and career opportunities. The kind of on-the-job training that SummerQAmp aims to provide can create pathways to career opportunities in technology and a brighter future.”
SummerQAmp’s mission is to help keep the U.S. at the forefront of innovation by creating tech jobs in America. Specifically, it will promote awareness for quality assurance as a career opportunity by inviting leading U.S. software companies to offer internships to those without formal technical training. SummerQAmp’s goal is to help create at least 1,000 QA internships this summer.