Across the U.S., there are organizations and schools that help young people prepare for careers in the technical professions. These programs are part of a pipeline that can lead to high-income employment or entrepreneurial success. But as this time, there's more employment demands than supply; the demand is growing sharply, and that career pipeline flows best for white and Asian males.
#YesWeCode promotes and strengthens the entities that move low-opportunity youth along the pipeline to professional technical careers. “We see ourselves as helping the people that help the people,” states Amy Henderson, co-founder and chief innovation officer of #YesWeCode.
Microsoft is supporting #YesWeCode as it grows its presence in the Bay Area, helping the organization forge industry and public sector connections.
“For the population that we most care about, computer programming has the potential to have the shortest training period required and the highest upward potential of all the careers." -Amy Henderson, Co-founder & CIO #YesWeCode
What’s in a hoodie?
The catalyst for #YesWeCode came after the Trayvon Martin incident in 2012, when the musician Prince asked civil rights activist Van Jones why it was that “when you see a black kid in a hoodie you think they’re a thug, but when you see a white kid in a hoodie you think they could be Mark Zuckerberg.” They agreed that leaders in communities of color have a responsibility to prepare their young people for jobs of the future.
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