Four years ago, we opened the NeighborNest, Twitter’s family-friendly community learning center. With a mission of creating new possibilities through technology literacy and a love of learning, the NeighborNest provides San Francisco residents and partner organizations access to technology and critical life skills. Programs such as our Digital literacy courses, Affordable Housing workshops, Coding for Kids classes and Twitter for nonprofits allow us to work with and for the community to bridge the digital divide.
Check out this moment to see highlights from the last four years!
Powered by community partners and Twitter volunteers, the NeighborNest’s family-friendly environment helps to foster bright and hopeful futures for all. Since opening our doors in 2015, we've had the pleasure of hosting more than 17,000 visits from residents and community members, and conducting 4,700 hours of programming. This wouldn't have been possible without the commitment and support of over 15 partner organizations and 1,600 hours of service from Twitter volunteers.
Our work at the Nest is centered around three core values: learn, connect, and grow. Whether connecting individuals with services at the Nest or learning directly from them through their life experiences, the relationships we foster every day allow us to grow in ways we could only imagine.
The NeighborNest provides some of our most vulnerable community members access to technology and critical life skills:
Digital Access & Literacy: Digital Literacy, Affordable Housing, Open Computer Lab Time
Online Safety & Education: Digital Citizenship for Youth & Adults
Equality & Workforce Development: Career Exposure, Coding for Kids
Family-Friendly programs: Family Movie Night, Music and Movement, Story Hour and Arts & Crafts, Childcare
Capacity-Building for NGOs: Twitter for Nonprofits, Hosting Meeting & Event Space
The NeighborNest gives Twitter volunteers the opportunity to experience the Tenderloin, Mid-Market and South of Market Area from the perspective of our neighbors. While it’s incredibly important to understand the community’s history, the strength of its residents and the everyday struggles, humanizing those experiences through connection is what we pride ourselves on. Sometimes, just being able to create a warm and welcoming space, invest time in relationships, and provide hands-on assistance makes all the difference.
Our partnerships with leading nonprofits in the Bay Area have helped the NeighborNest emerge as a collaborative and diverse space which offers a variety of skills-based training and family-oriented programs, but often end up creating connections and fostering a support system amongst clients and volunteers. Through great work with our partners, we were honored to receive the Mutual of America Community Partnership Award, alongside Compass Family Services.
When we made the decision to open this community space, we knew we could not do it alone. Not only did we want to provide relevant programs that filled a need, we also wanted to partner with industry experts to provide the best experience for our clients. Our nonprofit partners have been instrumental in doing just that. Their support has allowed us to make the biggest impact on the lives of those around us, each and every day.
As we celebrate our fourth birthday, we are thrilled to continue expanding our impact in the community with the renewal of our five-year lease. Here’s to continued partnerships and creating new possibilities through technology literacy and a love of learning!