• Kalimah Atreyu Priforce

    Just a Kid From Brooklyn

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    When Kalimah Priforce was eight years old and in foster care, he got more books the only way he could. He went on a hunger strike.

    Just a kid from Brooklyn...

    A child’s future should never be dictated by their zip code but is influenced by who and what they are exposed to.

     

    At eight years old, Kalimah Priforce held a successful hunger strike against his Brooklyn group home to add more books to its library, which drew the attention of a community of Buddhist monks and nuns who privately tutored him until the age of 14.

     

    He left both the group home and the Buddhist order as a lost teenager, but in Harlem, NY, legendary educator Dr. Lorraine Monroe discovered and mentored his potential to be an education innovator. By 16, Kalimah started his first tech startup that primarily served low income neighborhoods and the elderly. In 2000, his younger brother was shot and killed behind their childhood elementary school, inspiring Kalimah to accept his Bodhisattva path to transform children's lives towards mindfulness of their path and purpose.

    Kalimah Priforce wonders: where are the startups of color?

    Transforming Children's Lives.

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    Kalimah Priforce is just a kid from Brooklyn committed to eliminating barriers to a child's greatest potential as the Headmaster CEO of Qeyno Labs. Qeyno became industry leader for the inclusive innovation ecosystem with Hackathon Academy, the first pop-up school model that prepares youth and their mentors to build web and mobile apps that accelerate college and career pathways in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art Design, and Mathematics). From providing Oakland with its first Startup Weekend to launching hackathons for Prince at the Essence Festival in New Orleans and Pres. Obama's "My Brother's Keeper"​ in Philadelphia, Qeyno brings catalytic learning experiences to millennials, their families, and their community to create magical opportunity for all.

     

    Kalimah's hacktivism has been featured on the cover of USA Today, the MSNBC mini-doc, "Swimming in Their Genius"​, indie award winning film "Code Oakland" and recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change. He is a 2013 Echoing Green fellow and a 40 Under 40: Tech Diversity for Silicon Valley.

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