We Code, Too in the News!
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Cville Tomorrow Feature
A Charlottesville city councilor and a local entrepreneur are leading an educational organization with a long-term goal of increasing diversity in the area’s technology talent pipeline.
Councilor Wes Bellamy and P.J. Harris recently co-founded We Code, Too, a nonprofit that offers a free two-week coding academy for African-American and Latino students from fifth through 12th grade. The program welcomed its inaugural cohort of 22 students Monday.
NBC 29 News Feature
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -
A camp aimed at encouraging young African-Americans and Latinos to enter the coding industry kicked off on Monday, July 30.
Organizers of the We Code Too camp say less than 6 percent of all programmers and coders are Latino or black.
They're hoping this camp helps to increase that number down the road.
“I think it's really cool, and I think it's a fun skill and a useful skill to have in this day and age,” says Kennedy Mason, a camper at We Code Too.
CBS NewsPlex Feature
Youth complete first We Code Too summer academy!
"Maybe one day, I can be a coder and make games and make websites to help out my family to make money and to get a profession in life," Nasir Sumpter said.
As part of the program, the students received laptops on loan, which they can keep as long as they complete further coding projects and assignments throughout the school year.