Kristina Smith

Civic Innovation Fellow 2018-2019

Hope for Youth, Inc



Hope for Youth, Inc.’s (HYPE) mission is to empower minority, high school girls to become leaders in tech through programs that offer computer science education, technology career exposure, and opportunities to lead coding workshops both domestically and internationally.


HYPE is a non-profit organization whose programming provides minority, high school girls with access and exposure to computer science and greater technology in an effort to increase diversity, opportunity, and mentorship for women of color in the fields. HYPE students are trained in computing and soft skills to help develop their ability to think critically, problem solve, and succeed in environments of higher education and corporate structure. The students are also given an opportunity to teach the skills they’ve learned through programming to students abroad on an international experience.


Kristina received a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Prairie View A&M University in 2006. Since leaving her position as a business intelligence consultant in 2012, she has thrown herself into her passion for serving youth. Before becoming the Founder and President of HYPE in 2017, Kristina worked to prepare youth for successful futures through organizations like Girls Who Code, Technology Association of Georgia Education Collaborative, Atlanta Bridge Community founded by Coca-Cola, and American Explorers Westside Ambassador Program.