The first Facebook Community Boost event kicked off in St. Louis Monday, and the social network announced eight more upcoming stops on the tour.
Facebook Community Boost was unveiled last November as a program aimed at helping small U.S. businesses grow and learn digital skills, with plans to visit 30 U.S. cities in 2018.
In January, vice president of global small business Dan Levy revealed the first five stops:
- St. Louis, March 26 through 30
- Houston, April 3 through 6
- Albuquerque, N.M., April 30 through May 4
- Greenville, S.C., May 29 through June 1
- Des Moines, Iowa, June 4 through 8
Levy announced the next eight cities in a Newsroom post Monday, saying that the dates will be firmed up “in the coming weeks”:
- Buffalo, N.Y.
- Columbus, Ohio
- Hampton, Va.
- Helena, Mont.
- East Palo Alto/Menlo Park, Calif.
Levy also provided some details on the St. Louis event, saying that Facebook partnered with Savvy Coders and the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis on a digital marketing and social media curriculum, and adding, “Additionally, our new Facebook Bootcamp pilot with Claim Academy will fund scholarships for their coding bootcamps, which have a greater than 90 percent job placement rate for graduates. As part of the program, local companies like Monsanto and Clearent will interview program graduates for entry-level developer positions in their organizations.”
He continued, “We’re also sponsoring the St. Louis launch of LaunchCode’s Discovery Program, a free curriculum for those without a technical background. The St. Louis Public Library will also integrate this free training into their learning programs.”