Tech titans like the founders of Facebook and Twitter built their social networks and amassed their fortunes on one thing: Coding. If you can code, then you can compete, eat and build the things you use like phone apps, web apps and social networks, if you choose. Coding is a powerful tool, and there are organizations like Yes We Code that endeavor to teach under-served youth how to code and make a living. Their websites states,
Many have been searching for ways to uplift today’s urban youth and help them achieve a more promising future. We believe that one solution lies in connecting tech and social justice leaders to spearhead revolutionary tech programs whose benefits extend to the most disadvantaged of society.
The #YesWeCode initiative targets low-opportunity youth and provides them with the necessary resources and tools to become world-class computer programmers. By learning this highly valuable and relevant 21st century skill, these young people are shifting the trajectory of their futures and transforming their relationships with their communities and their country.
We should encourage our children to explore coding as a viable vocation and work option. Their participation in technology is important not only to their futures but our own as a society. Here are some other organizations to research. Also, take advantage of some of their resources.
Made with Code – a Partnership with Google for Girls