Recently, The Mercury News announced the launch of an admirable new project Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been working on. According to the article, Facebook is currently in the midst of converting a 12,000 square foot warehouse in Menlo Park into what will become the company’s first Community Hub. The ultimate goal for this project is to provide a space in which nonprofits can hold programs for job training and digital skills in disadvantaged communities.
Located at 1010 O’Brien Drive, the first Community Hub is expected to open early next year, and will include classrooms as well as collaborative spaces for larger programs and assemblies. Currently, the interior design is still under construction and may continue to change based on the needs of the nonprofits that will be using the space. Facebook plans to make the Hub available for entrepreneurs and other community events when it isn’t being used for classes.
The article also includes a quote from Zuckerberg, who spoke to a group of students gathered for the launch event. Zuckerberg explained, “We feel we have a responsibility to be good neighbors… The focus of the Community Hub is on training, helping people learn and build skills beyond what you’re learning in school.” The students who attended were from a handful of schools, including Eastside College Prep, East Palo Alto Phoenix Academy, Year Up, Streetcode Academy, and Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center.
Facebook’s VP of product partnerships, Ime Archibong, has explained that the launch of the Community Hub is part of a larger vision called Community Boost, which aims to help small business grow, while simultaneously providing people throughout the country with more skills. As part of this ongoing effort, Facebook has recently partnered with several community colleges, including Foothill College and Cañada College, and will be developing programs to provide small businesses with better social media marketing skills.
Archibong described the Community Hub as a way for Facebook to physically invest in its community. Additionally, he says in the article, “This is a space where we’re hoping to bring the community together, for us to all build together… We want to turn it into a place that drives creativity, drives innovation and ultimately leads to economic opportunities for the community in our backyard.”
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