#YesWeCode at Essence Festival 2017

On June 29th, the #YesWeCode team arrived in New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, a 3-day music festival hosted by Essence Magazine which centers around the culture, style, and brilliance of black women. It is here, in 2014, where #YesWeCode got it’s start when Prince announced the launch of our organization in the wake of the Trayvon Martin murder. It is also where our staff has returned year after year to maintain his legacy as a supporter of the black community by embracing their brilliance and potential to build a stronger support network.
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TechConnect at Urban League Conference Explores Intersection of Technology, Racial Justice and Social Change

NEW YORK (July 12, 2017) -- The question: How do emerging technologies influence racial justice and social change? The answer: National Urban League TechConnect.

Held over two days during the National Urban League Conference in St. Louis, July 27 and 28 and sponsored by Facebook, TechConnect will feature networking opportunities, and panel discussions from top executives in technology.                       

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Van Jones Announces Nationwide We Rise Tour

powered by #LoveArmy

Exclusive Intimate Talks Combine Changemakers and Tastemakers


(New York, NY: June 12, 2017) Van Jones & Roc Nation are proud to announce a groundbreaking partnership and nationwide event tour: WE RISE Tour powered by #LoveArmy. WE RISE will bring an array of artists, athletes, thought leaders and local leaders to cities across the country this summer. Van Jones, a renowned activist, CNN commentator and two-time New York Times bestselling author will headline the tour promoted by Live Nation. 100% of net ticket proceeds will go to the Dream Corps initiatives and local charities.

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Twilio: Announcing the Twilio.org Impact Fund

By: Kyle Kelly-Yahner

It’s hard to see how something as simple as a text can serve underrepresented communities, save lives, or encourage financial stability. That is, until you see communications in action.

Twilio.org is committed to supporting and empowering the organizations that use communications to deliver impact. Twilio.org works with nonprofits to maximize their impact by giving them the communications tools they need serve their communities and cut through noise.

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$100 Million #YesWeCode Fund to Improve Diversity in Tech; Applications Now Open for Code School Scholarships

The #YesWeCode Fund, announced at the 2017 HBCU@SXSW Luncheon, will award scholarships for women and minorities with financial need to attend participating code school programs. Interested students can apply here: http://www.yeswecodefund.com

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An Interview with Hurt Technologies

#YesWeCode interviewed the founders of Hurt Technologies - Deven Hurt & Simone Abegunrin - to learn about their journey and their first product - MedKit. Founded in 2015, Hurt Technologies was born out of the desire to make healthcare easy, accessible, and affordable for everyone. Applying the latest technology and design concepts with a highly specialized and dedicated team, Hurt Technologies is bringing healthcare up to the 21st century and beyond. 



Deven Hurt
Founder/Chief Executive
Simone Abegunrin
Head of Design



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CollabNet and #YesWeCode Partnership Demonstrates Success in Placing Diverse Tech Talent into Full-time Engineering and Engineering Apprenticeship Positions

See #YesWeCode Coding Corps members in a new video share about becoming certified ScrumMasters

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Nov. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- CollabNet (www.collabnet.com), a global leader in enterprise software development and delivery solutions that help customers create high-quality applications at speed, today reports that 75 percent of the #YesWeCode Coding Corps graduates have been placed in full-time computer-engineering roles or apprenticeships in the San Francisco Bay Area. A video featuring these graduates and their experiences has just been released. CollabNet partnered with #YesWeCode to deliver specialized ScrumMaster training and certification to the program members.

This program's results are important because they demonstrate how individuals, communities and companies benefit from well-executed initiatives such as #YesWeCode. This Dream Corps initiative aims at helping 100,000 men and women from diverse backgrounds succeed in the tech sector.

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Becoming a SCRUM Master

Last May, #YesWeCode Coding Corps graduates became SCRUM masters through CollabNet's Agile Development and Scrum Master training course. 

"Our aim is to support non-traditional candidates in the tech sector with the skills and certifications necessary to excel in the industry," said Johnnie Williams, Apprenticeship Director at #YesWeCode.

Nearly all of the first cohort graduates have since been placed into apprenticeships at tech companies around the Bay Area.

Watch Coding Corps members share about their experience of becoming SCRUM masters.

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OpEd: Can Common Core Help Close the Diversity Gap in Silicon Valley?

Screen_Shot_2016-08-25_at_11.22.06_AM.pngFrom Snapchat to Tumblr—our young people are naturally conversant with technology and online environments. But comfort with technology isn't enough to be prepared or get recruited for a job in Northern California. It takes a high-quality education with expectations calibrated to market demands. To date, the deck has been stacked against black and Latino students.

Educational inequity is nothing new for black or Latino families. The nature of our localized public school system has always meant that your ZIP code can determine what kind of education you get. Schools in some neighborhoods simply aren't held to the same standard as schools in other neighborhoods or provided the same exposure to coursework that can prepare them for a career in technology.

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