Nonprofit Organization That Teaches Underrepresented High-school Students Computer Programming Launches in the Bay Area

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CodeNow announces open applications for Fall 2013 NYC and Bay area programs.

CodeNow, the nonprofit that teaches underrepresented high school students the basics in computer programming, today announced that they are accepting applications for CodeNow’s NYC and Bay area fall programs.

After providing more than 10,000 hours of free training and awarding more than 100 laptops to high school students in NYC and Washington, D.C., CodeNow will launch a pilot training of 20-25 local Bay area students, each of who will receive over 40 hours of in-person training and 10 hours of online homework. Students that complete the concurrent Fall NYC and Bay area training programs will also have the opportunity to earn a laptop based on their attendance and completion of homework and assignments.

According to Ryan Seashore, the Founder of CodeNow, “Coding is the new literacy! It gives individuals the power to innovate and create, providing them a voice they have never had before. Our goal is teach kids to look under the hood of technology and become builders.”

CodeNow’s unique approach is based upon the following core values:

Exposure: Giving students the ability to learn a skill, which is not offered to them in school in hopes of sparking their interest in programming

Inclusion: Supporting a diverse group of high schoolers as they confront the challenges of computer programming

Quality of instruction: Making code exciting and accessible with the help of our talented and experienced trainers. We believe learning to program should be fun and engaging.

Project-based learning: Having students build projects and setting specific goals while encouraging students to achieve their own high expectations.

About CodeNow
CodeNow is a nonprofit serving youth in New York City, Washington D.C., and San Francisco. We provide free out-of-school training in computer programming to high schoolers. In August, 2013, The CodeNow NYC Summer Fellowship wrapped. Twenty high school students with limited access to technology learned to code during an intensive six-week training, where students gained 300+ hours of high-level coding in six programming languages, including Ruby, Rails, JQuery, Javascript, CSS, and HTML. Trainings were taught by leading programmers in the coding community, and a different tech company hosted students each week, including NYU ITP, MeetUp, Etsy, Google, Microsoft and DoSomething.org.

For more information and to apply for CodeNow’s NYC and Bay area fall programs, please visit http://www.codenow.org/apply/ or email info{at}codenow.org.

To request photos and to schedule interviews with Ryan Seashore, the Founder of CodeNow as well as former students and participants, please contact Ryan Seashore at ryan{at}codenow{dot}org

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