Learn more about Stevon, though his own words and articles written about him, here.


Stevon Cook went from public housing to empowering public schools through tech training

TechCrunch, March 19, 2017
Written by Ruben Harris

"Stevon Cook, a former resident of San Francisco’s public housing system, is changing that through his work as chief executive of Mission Bit and his work as a commissioner on the Board of Education for the City of San Francisco."

New school board member unites SF youngsters with tech industry

San Francisco Examiner, December 25, 2016
Written by Michael Barba
"Cook, one of two new members elected to the San Francisco’s Board of Education, has been the CEO of Mission Bit for almost two years. His goal is to open doors to the tech industry for low-income high schoolers through computer programming courses they would otherwise not receive at school."


CBS 5: Students Raising Above(Video)

January will be a momentous month for Students Rising Above: Stevon Cook, an SRA scholar from the class of 2003 will be sworn in as a member of the San Francisco Board of Education. Sherry Hu reports. (12-16-16)

Bull(ish): Closing the Tech Divide through teaching students how to code (Video)

TechCrunch, February 17, 2016
By Megan Rose-Dickey

This week on Bullish, Mission Bit CEO Stevon Cook joined me in the studio to chat about computer programming and the importance of teaching kids how to code. In case you’re not familiar with Mission Bit, it’s a non-profit organization that works closely with the San Francisco Unified School District to teach coding to high school students. It ultimately aims to close the digital divide, which starts with a lack of access to the Internet, Cook told me.

Comcast Newsmakers (Video)

September 6, 2015

Mission Bit is focused on teaching young people all about coding and computer science. Newsmakers Host Aubrey Aquino interviews Stevon Cook, Chief Executive Officer, Mission Bit

“The Unlikely Candidate” – Stevon Cook ’08

25,000 Sunrises blog, September 18, 2014
Written by Nick Fogel

"Part of Cook’s success is rooted in his initial failures. 'For me, it was easy to feel beat down because I wasn't the top of the class… But through that experience, it was instilled in me that I could take on big projects and be ok with failure and still bounce back.'"

The Promise of Brown Not Yet Fulfilled

PolicyMatters Journal, March 21, 2014
Written by Stevon Cook

"This work is the next iteration of Brown, where we integrate San Francisco’s unique resources with a deep understanding of the community context in which our schools operate. There is no greater effort worthy of pursuing. When we get it right in San Francisco we will realize the promise of quality education for all carried within the Brown v. Board of Education decision for an entire generation of young people."

Talking Education With Stevon Cook

Huffington Post, March 4, 2014
Written by David Vognar

"Stevon's personal story of educational achievement--including graduating from Williams College in 2007--is one of inspired perseverance. The lessons he drew from his journey also inform what he views as the educational process and how administrative systems impact students."

Changing Cultures, Realizing Dreams: A “Ground-Up” Approach to Supporting College Enrollment and Success

OMG Center for Collaborative Learning, July, 29, 2013
Written by Wendy Sedlak

"When I consider how high schools can promote college as a viable opportunity for African American and Latino youth from under-served communities, I think of Angel Hardy, Aysis Santana, Gelane Pratts and their peers in the “Bloomsburg 10,” a group of recent graduates from the Kensington High School for Creative and Performing Arts, in Philadelphia.  These students, some of whom will be the first in their families to enroll in college, will attend Bloomsburg University this fall. I also think of Stevon Cook, a Williams College graduate and alumnus of Thurgood Marshall High School in San Francisco."

Why So Low

During Stevon's first year working at Thurgood Marshall, students from Peer Resources created a video in partnership with BAYCAT to discuss the significant drop in graduation rates of African American students. Along with educators and students, Stevon is featured in the video discussing the challenges of urban poverty.

Coleman's Solutions not Suspensions:

In this new documentary from Coleman Advocates(, director Kevin Epps ( takes a look at the negative effects of harsh zero tolerance policies in schools and one community's inspiring response. Highlighting Coleman's landmark student-led Solutions Not Suspensions campaign in San Francisco and examining how young people are directly affected by school discipline policies, the film serves as an informative and inspiring education tool. Stevon is featured in the documentary speaking to the importance of restorative practices in schools.

Point of Pride: The People's View of Bayview/Hunter's Point:

The People's View of Bayview/Hunter's Point, a documentary film about the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood. Point of Pride combines archival footage from the 1950's 60's and 70's with present-day viewpoints and reactions to these images from the past to create a compelling portrait of a community marked by struggle and fueled by hope. Along with historic community leaders like Bela Davis, Stevon is featured in the film discussing what Bayview/Hunters point meant for his family.

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