The founders, Sarah Cortes and Andrew Lewman, have worked for years teaching and tutoring others in computer skills and getting jobs. They started EOTO in 2012 to leverage their efforts to reach and help more people, and incorporated as a non-profit in 2014.
"Each One Teach One"
The original author of this phrase is unknown. It is an African-American expression which originated in the United States during slavery, when Africans were denied education, including even the right to read. Many, if not most enslaved people were kept in a state of ignorance about anything beyond their immediate circumstances, which were under control of owners, the law makers and the authorities. Teaching slaves to read was an act of civil disobedience, as it was illegal many places the United States. When an enslaved person learned or was taught to read, it became his or her duty to teach someone else, spawning the exhortation to "Each one teach one." This recognized the duty owed the beneficiary as a result of the courage and risk displayed by the teacher. EOTO welcomes further scholarship on these topics.
The expression has been adopted by many organizations. In the first half of the 20th century, the phrase was applied to the work of a Christian missionary, Dr. Frank Laubach, who utilized the concept to help address poverty and illiteracy in the Philippines. EOTO welcomes stories from other organizations who have adopted the values expressed by "Each one teach one." Source: Wikipedia