Calling all tinkerers, builders, makers, hackers, inventors, artists, and fabricators!

By Rita Lara | September 25, 2017

There is nothing like bringing something into existence. This could mean fixing a broken computer or tweaking an existing gadget and somehow making it better. It is a skill unlike no other. My mother was a great tinkerer. In high school, I likened her to MacGyver. MacGyver was an action series that ran when I was…

Hacking the Opportunity Gap: from Digital Consumption to Digital Creation

By Rita Lara | August 14, 2017

There is a great deal of discussion about the opportunity gaps for young people of color and their lack of representation in the tech industry. Tech industries point to a less than robust pipeline of potential hires. The pipeline of potential candidates is more robust than what the industry claims it to be, and the…

Why Building 21st Century Skills is so Critical to Our Future

By Rita Lara | July 25, 2017

As I write this, I am full of excitement and anticipation about what’s happening at MLCS and deeply appreciative of where we have been. Last week, we rolled out Summertime Makers, a new robotics program and we are also in the midst of creating a new after school Makerspace for kids ages 7-12 that will open…

Hello World!

By Rita Lara | June 4, 2017

Hello World! We dedicate this first Maverick Landing Community Service (MLCS) blog entry to the volunteers who have given their weekend and considerable amounts of sleep to work on our new website. It’s been a journey for us to get here. Seventeen months ago, when I arrived at MLCS, a multi-service organization (MSO) in the heart of…