A Few Words About Us

Our future lies in the hands of students and teenagers. Educating a teenager is equivalent to educating a family and that in turn is equivalent to educating the whole society.

We strive to provide the highest quality Information Technology services to underprivileged high schools and teenagers through contributions and donations from a variety of sources. From creating websites to building computer labs, from offering counseling sessions to designing preparation programs, we aim to provide an assortment of services to support the dreams of these teenagers, their parents and the schools.

HSTS team
Join Us

We are committed to enhancing parent-teacher-student interactions, improving student performance, and ultimately sending unprivileged students to college.

volunteers
Our Volunteers

We are dedicated to improving the quality of high school students' life and schools' performance via execution of information technology best practices.

HSTS board
Our Board

We are setting goals, envisioning the future and putting in place strong strategies and plans that ensure the continuing success of our organization.

Our Instructors

Matt Orfalea

Matt makes a wide range of comedic, educational, and music videos on Youtube (youtube.com/Orf).

Matt’s journalistic work has been featured on The Young Turks, RT, and Truthdig. He’s gotten Twitter love for his videos from both famous rappers (Killer Mike) and politicians (Senator Nina Turner) alike! And his videos have been viewed millions of times on youtube and over 100 million times on Facebook.

Matt’s been a professional video editor for over 10 years and worked on many network television shows including 4 seasons of “The Real World” on MTV. He’s also an expert animator, whose credits include projects for both actor Jim Carey’s JC23 Productions and the popular youtuber Shane Dawson.


Matt was also a freelance videography for many years in LA before moving back to his hometown of Washington, DC. He loves the craft of storytelling through sound and images and over the years he’s taught all ages from 5 yr olds to 50 yr olds!

 

Derrick Malone

Derrick is an IT professional with over 16 years' experience working in numerous database platforms from SQL Server, Oracle and SAP Hana. He has worked with numerous business industries and help provide solution around new database development\design as well as support on existing issues or best practice scenarios for companies. He is currently working at one of the largest glass distributors within the united states as a solution Architect mainly within the database realm but has working knowledge on an application full stack from application to storage levels. Database is considered his strong suit and has worked on database platforms from early versions of 2000 to current.

 

Juan C Luna

Juan received Bs.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Universidad Tecnologica Nacional-Buenos Aires, Argentina, M.S. degree in Applied & Engineering Physics from George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, and an M.S. degree in Computational Sciences & Informatics from George Mason University, Fairfax, VA. He is currently a Lead Engineer in Channeltronic LLC a Northern Virginia company specialized in Software and Technology Solutions. He has been the Chair of The School of Electronics at ITT Technical Institute, as well as being Adjunct Professor and Lecturer in Marymount University, McDaniel College, and George Mason University.

He has been an invited speaker on topics ranging from big data collection to robotics programming. He is also a participating member of local IEEE, and ETA chapters.

 

Mehdi Zare

Mehdi is a professional online marketing strategist with over 8 years of experience, helping startups, medium and large companies in different countries. He has an MBA from UMD. He passed several Google certificates including AdWords search ads and Google Analytics and also certified as green and yellow belt Searchmetrics professional. He is more focused on the analytics side of digital marketing.

 

Kaustubh Ghadge

A Master's degree graduate from Illinois Institute of Technology at Chicago, I'm currently working as Full Stack Web Developer primarily focused on Node.js on the backend and JavaScript, jQuery and HTML, CSS on the front end. I've also built web applications using Angular.js and React.js. Being a full stack developer, I've worked from development to deployment of web applications including containerization using Docker and deployment on AWS, Azure and Google Cloud Platform. I've also worked in infrastructure - using VMWare products for building Data Centers capable of avoiding single point of failure. I also have experience building native apps for Windows Phone 8.1 and 10 including UWP apps. A open source technology enthusiast and long time Linux user.

 

Matt Zand

Matt has over 6 years of experience in back-end coding. He has developed more than 20 custom websites and mobile Apps. He is the founder of myhsts.org and dcwebmakers.com

Mr. Zand has designed many large scale MySQL databases with over 100 tables. Below are some of his portfolio:
weg2g.com
abovezest.com
touchstonewords.com
510club.com

 

Augustus Boateng, founder of Comefy.com

I am a technology enthusiast, software developer and businessman. I enjoy building applications that automate business processes. I have an associate's degree in computer programming from Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC). I have experience in many programming languages such as C#, Java, PHP, and more. I also have experience in database management.

One of my beliefs is that every business should use technology to automate business processes in order to save time, money, and to be more efficient. I also believe it is essential to think like a programmer in today's economy. What I mean by that is that a very good programmer views the world very differently and therefore thinks very differently of the world. One does not necessary have to be a programmer on a day to day basis to think like a programmer, but the logical thinking of a programmer can propel one to reach goals using an algorithmic mindset.

I love listening to music and watching comedies. In my spare time, I enjoy reading business and nonfictional books. I am also a huge fan of reading blogs and learning about the latest trends in technology and other subject matters such as the medical field. If there was one piece of advice I could give to anyone it would be "never give up on your dreams and aspirations, because things take time and it is only a matter of time before you reach your goal".

 

Juturu Vihari

Completed Masters in Management Information with impeccable performance and results. Professional software developer work in core concepts of Unix,JAVA,JavaScript,SQL,C++,C#. Working towards new technologies Hadoop,Big data. Being in multinational company for a span of 3+ years involved working with various development and process improvements teams made me imbibe leadership and technical skills. Worked in newly initiated project iON helped to organize and learn managerial skills, being as location head made me implement strategic solutions with interaction with clients directly.

 

Amey Utturkar

Amey Utturkar is a recent Master's degree graduate from Northeastern University, Boston. Prior to his Master's degree, he has worked for 2 years in a software services company in India. He also has an MBA degree from India. He is a software engineer at heart. He loves to solve complex problems. He has worked on numerous software and web development projects and used technologies such as Java, Spring, Hibernate, HTML, CSS, JS, JQuery. Along with the software engineering field, he is also enthusiastic about the Big Data and Data Analytics field and has used technologies such as Hadoop, R, and AWS in the projects. He keeps an active eye on the big data field. He is passionate about learning new things and strives to achieve the same.

 

Renuka Kharangate

An accomplished Software Engineer specialized in Object-Oriented Design and Analysis with 5 years of industry experience in all aspects of Software Development, Testing & Maintenance. Graduate from Colorado State University with Master of Computer Science degree. Passionate about learning new technologies related to Big Data, Machine Learning, Data Analysis, Deep Learning etc. I have discerning technical knowledge established on strong academic background and global exposure with an urge to learn from every challenge.

 

Mike Ferrari

Mike a Bostonian living in DC for a couple of years now. He likes to keep himself moving by playing soccer and basketball. He is a software developer, with over 5 years experience programming in HTML5, CSS3, Bootstrap, JavaScript, and jQuery. Below are links to his personal websites and portfolios.

mikef1234.github.io

foreignassistance.gov

atlanticplywood.com

 

Youssef Azmy

Youssef Azmy is an aspiring digital marketer. He brings vast knowledge to the digital marketing space with a specialization in PPC. Having worked with big brands such as Coca-Cola and Microsoft as well as small and medium size businesses, he knows how to work with both small and big budgets. He is also Google AdWords and Google Analytic certified.

 

 

Our Mission and Values

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide high schools with resources and facilities to foster student-teacher interactions and parent-teacher relationships to improve student performance and high school efficiency.

Values
  • Tangible Impacts: We believe in sincere and selfless contributions to improve the quality of education and youth life.
  • Simplicity: We agree with what Leonardo De Vinci says "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."
  • Honesty: We hold honesty in high regard because only true work can have a real impact.
  • Kindness: We sincerely believe in the power of goodness and kindness as Mark Twain put it "Kindness is a language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see."
  • Genuine Friendship: We are genuinely committed to educating all students regardless of their age, nationality, gender, race, and background.