GlobalHack Announces New Hire
Beth Casagrand to oversee youth programs
February 8, 2017 (ST. LOUIS) – GlobalHack, a St. Louis-based nonprofit focused on building a better tech community through software competitions, announced today the addition of a new staff member. Beth Casagrand, will assume the role of Director of Youth Programs as of February 6, 2017.
Starting last winter, GlobalHack launched a series of youth-focused events and programs aimed at getting more area middle and high school students interested in opportunities around computer science. Since then, the organization has put on close to 30 youth-focused events and served ~900 students from the St. Louis metro area.
“There is a critical need for Missouri-based youth to gain hands-on opportunities around computer science to meet the demands of our evolving workforce. Our youth programs continue to grow alongside an industry that is rapidly changing. Beth brings a wealth of youth development, facilitation, and teaching experience to our team — we’re happy to have her on board,” said Matt Menietti, GlobalHack’s Executive Director.
“These youth programs provide a timely critical entry point for students, engaging them in a lifelong journey around computer science, coding, and design. Exposure to technology and entrepreneurial thinking is more important now than it has ever been before. I am truly honored to join the GlobalHack team,” stated Casagrand.
Beth formerly served as the Youth Leadership St. Louis Director at FOCUS St. Louis where she led an experiential leadership program for 160 high school juniors throughout 33 schools. She also taught eighth grade in south Texas through Teach for America. She currently serves on the board for Launch St. Louis and manages their online tool LaunchMe, which serves to connect young and talented individuals to nonprofit young friend boards.