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  • July 14, 2016|
  • 10 months ago

by Tasnim Shamma

NPR

Article excerpt

Coding While Black: Hacking The Future Of The Tech Industry

It follows the typical design trends of today’s “hip” innovation centers and co-working office spaces. It’s also where 14 low-income African-American students are learning Java as part of the Code Start program.

Our take

A New Educational Option for the Disenfranchised

Can low income, disenfranchised kids be taught to code? That’s what the Code Start program in Atlanta is attempting to find out. It’s a free, one-year training program designed for low-income 18-24 year olds without college degrees. Can disenfranchised youth who have been not seen success in traditional education settings benefit from programs like this?

Code Start’s founder, Rodney Sampson, is betting on it. He’s encountered some obstacles—like engrained biases that are hard to overcome, but he’s committed to making the program work. The work is tough, but students are rising to the challenge. The program was just started last summer so it will be a while before real results can be reported; for now, it’s an interesting pilot to watch.

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