Sun Aug 07, 2022 | In News

Chicago Launch

Black Boys Code comes to Chicago!

“We’re so excited to bring Black Boys Code to Chicago to educate the next generation of scientists, technology professionals, and engineers, to fill the diversity gap in STEM, and to create a presence for Black youth to learn computer coding skills in the Chicago community,” said Bryan Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Black Boys Code. “Today’s youth are savvy tech users of smartphones, tablets, and video games, however, this will likely be the first time these boys learn about coding and how to code. It’s so fulfilling to see a young Black male’s eyes light up as they hear and then see for themselves that, yes, he can do it. When we ignite that, we can shape their futures by planting the seeds for them to pursue education and aspire for career opportunities in STEM fields.”

The camp will be facilitated by two computer science students who hail from the Chicago area and have experience in various programming languages as well as cybersecurity, which is a major component of the program. Our newest instructors have also expressed enthusiasm and commitment to furthering the mission of Black Boys Code.

If enough campers show interest in continuing to explore the world of coding, a Black Boys Code Chicago chapter could be on the horizon. Our goal is to get enough campers interested in computer technology to transition into a full Black Boys Code chapter in the fall. For now, we’re thrilled to introduce Black Youth in Chicago to computer technology through the tech camp!
Chicago Launch
“We’re so excited to bring Black Boys Code to Chicago to educate the next generation of scientists, technology professionals, and engineers, to fill the diversity gap in STEM, and to create a presence for Black youth to learn computer coding skills in the Chicago community,” said Bryan Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Black Boys Code. “Today’s youth are savvy tech users of smartphones, tablets, and video games, however, this will likely be the first time these boys learn about coding and how to code. It’s so fulfilling to see a young Black male’s eyes light up as they hear and then see for themselves that, yes, he can do it. When we ignite that, we can shape their futures by planting the seeds for them to pursue education and aspire for career opportunities in STEM fields.”

The camp will be facilitated by two computer science students who hail from the Chicago area and have experience in various programming languages as well as cybersecurity, which is a major component of the program. Our newest instructors have also expressed enthusiasm and commitment to furthering the mission of Black Boys Code.

If enough campers show interest in continuing to explore the world of coding, a Black Boys Code Chicago chapter could be on the horizon. Our goal is to get enough campers interested in computer technology to transition into a full Black Boys Code chapter in the fall. For now, we’re thrilled to introduce Black Youth in Chicago to computer technology through the tech camp!

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