Karen & Dylan’s Story

Founder and Executive Director Karen Addato

Karen Addato, Hi Tech Rover Founder and Executive Director, has had personal experience with being poverty stricken as a child.  She knows full well the inherent struggles and disadvantages.  She believes that this rocky start in life played a role in her losing her brothers to homelessness and addiction later in life.

From this she’s also learned that going through such hardship early on can play a significant role in holding someone back from pursuing higher learning and how this can impede breaking the cycle.

Karen and her then 9 year old son Dylan, began doing street outreach at homeless parks in Silicon Valley in 2008.  What began as a weekly visits and bag lunch delivery with her son in poverty stricken areas has grown into an organization that is leading the way with innovative approaches.   One of which is the first of it’s kind Hi Tech Rover customized event vehicle.

In partnership with the Santa Clara County Dept. of Education and with future corporate and other sponsors,  our Hi Tech Rovers will be brought to school campuses to help the youth stabilize, thrive and reach for the stars by pursuing high tech sector careers..

We believe the pathway to breaking the chains of poverty goes through the door of education and empowerment when they are young …and this is what we strive for with our Hi Tech Rover family of programs.

Thanks for your interest and please feel free to contact us for more information and to create a customized corporate sponsorship.


Karen has done street outreach since 2008 on the front lines.

Dylan, (on right), is Karen’s son. He and Karen began outreach when he was 9 years old