Our youth, our future

MiMA's CEO, Kathrina Miranda, mentors hundreds of young entrepreneurs from underserved communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. Inspired by their creativity, innovation, and passion to solve problems, Creative Lab was born.

Creative Lab is a safe place for students to receive business training, gain real-world experience and earn a decent wage for their work all while paying it forward in their communities. Many of their projects focus on developing and implementing solutions to social, cultural, or environmental issues through entrepreneurship and technology. 

Please consider Creative Lab students for your business needs or contribute to our scholarship program. Student services include: graphic design, video production, photography, music production (original raps and beats) and social media marketing.

Your donation is tax deductible through our fiscal sponsor, LA ALIANZA DE HAYWARD (Tax ID 94-3381553)

 

Goals

#1 Train youth in business and technology to stay competitive in the market.

#2 Connect youth to local businesses and prepare them for internships and job placements. 

#3 Support our youth entrepreneurs with creating, planning, launching and marketing their businesses.

Impact

280 Students trained

1,800 Hours of training

2,400 Projects completed

$6,000 Paid projects*

127 Field hours**

*Video production, business pitch competitions, graphic design, photography, social media marketing

**University of San Francisco, SAP, Moody's Analytics, Mills College, Nerd Wallet, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Hayward City Hall, San Jose Sharks at SAP Center, Teen HQ, College Track, New York Life, ZGC Silicon Valley, Globaleur, Green Clean Bio by ESP, Rotary International, 42 Silicon Valley, Union Bank, Fremont Bank

 

Pitch Competition

Creative Lab Students place first and second place at the NFTE Regional Semifinals in San Francisco .

 
 

Students

 
Uriel Pineda, Founder
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"For the past two years I’ve sensed something revolutionary happening, my peers are genuinely engaging in high school. The fact that we're disrupting education for both students and educators alike is the most fulfilling feeling ever!"

Guadalupe Servellon, Co-Founder
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"I always dreamed of becoming the first-generation college student in my family. Through the Creative Lab program, I’ve learned how thinking like an entrepreneur can help overcome world challenges such as the need for empowering women in stem. I was part of NFTE’S World Series of Innovation where my partner and I were nominated top 10 finalist for our project Next Female Engineers that focuses on helping Indigenous women who struggle to obtain a better education as a result of poverty and empowering them to pursue engineering." 

Joseph Franco, FConnect
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Joseph joined Creative Lab in 2017 and created FConnect, a mobile app to bring college and housing resources to half a million Foster Youth, so they don't suffer the same fate when he was in the system. Joseph will compete at the NFTE national competition in New York City for a chance to win $15,000.

 

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Pay it forward

Your partnership with Creative Lab tells our youth, like Joseph and Guadalupe that despite their daily struggles, there is a community who will support them as they strive towards their goals. Your donations are helping cultivate a world-class talent pool through the guidance of business executives and educators. Your support provides a bridge of opportunity connecting youth from underserved communities to continuing education, employers, and disruptive start-ups. We would be honored to accept donations in any amount.

Guest Mentors have become a key part of the Creative Lab experience. They expose students to life experiences from the position of someone who has been there. Research shows that it helps students build crucial connections between what they're learning and real-world application. We would love to visit your place of business or have you speak to our students. 

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