Meet the team
Yacanex strives to help the underserved Latino communities of San Jose.
Emily M. Lam
I’m driven by the students and small business owners we work with. They each have immense potential to reach beyond their goals – my hope is exposing our youth to coding and finding ways to inspire them to reach higher will help us create a cycle of each cohort helping the next generation.
As a first-generation Latina, I have been these students and I am the daughter of these business owners. I have witnessed first hand the obstacles faced by these communities. I want our program to provide the guidance and stepping stones that I needed at their age, and I saw were needed in my family’s entrepreneurial journey.
Being the oldest child of my family I grew up caring for the ones behind me. I feel I have a responsability to use my experience in both life and work to improve the opportunities of not only the younger generation, but also of those who wish to build a business they can call their own.
My goal is to encourage our Latino community to seek careers in tech and business through our program’s resources and volunteer opportunities.