Coding Corps Graduation Event Highlights

On Monday, December 11th Van Jones and the #YesWeCode family gathered to celebrate the success of our latest Coding Corps cohort. Our scholars have spent the past eight months, and over 800 individual hours, training to enter the tech field as software engineers.

#YesWeCode premiered a video centered around Coding Corps and Van Jones closed out the evening by delivering a moving speech to the scholars.  

(Van's full speech below!)

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Interview with Van Jones @ GE's "Minds + Machines"

Van Jones, CNN correspondent and founder of Dream Corps, explains how his company’s scholarship fund, #YesWeCode, is helping provide people from non-traditional backgrounds the opportunity to get computer science degrees and find jobs in the tech industry.

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Shaping the Workforce of the Future - Van Jones @ GE's "Minds + Machines"

Hear Van Jones, CNN correspondent and founder of Dream Corps, lead a discussion on how you can build employees' skills and promote diversity within your organization to help shape a positive outlook for the future of the company.

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OpEd: How Scalability is Hindering Progress in Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

The lack of diversity and inclusion in tech is an intricate problem and despite a billion dollars worth of investment, we aren’t getting closer to a solution. It leaves those of us who have taken up the charge of tackling this issue confused and sometimes very frustrated. In my experience, the tech pipeline is non inclusive at its onset and that trend continues all the way through. It’s going to take a full and complete overhaul of teaching practices, skill assessment, candidate selection, and evaluation practices to see actual progress in diversity and inclusion numbers.

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Coding Corps Marin Scholar Spotlight: Cesar Castillo

Cesar Castillo is a scholar enrolled in #YesWeCode’s Coding Corp Marin program, a two-part program piloting a blended-learning model to make tech education accessible to all communities. A Bay Area native, soccer enthusiast/athlete and DACA-recipient, Cesar’s story demonstrates the opportunities tech can provide when barriers are knocked down.

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#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 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. is committed to supporting and empowering the organizations that use communications to deliver impact. 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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