Coding for Change: Building Skills and Community through Technology

The BLACK GEMS STEM-READY Pilot Program

Are you ready to unlock your potential and explore the exciting world of coding that can lead to a high-paying job down the road? Coding for Change is crafted to ignite the curiosity of underrepresented high school students (grade 9-12) in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM); inspiring students to pursue higher education in these fields. This pilot program offers a 5-week course, June 24 through July 26, at the Urban League Twin Cities.

Why Join the “Coding for Change” Summer Course?

  • Fun and Interactive Learning: Learn computer coding in a fun, interactive environment using popular technologies like Minecraft and augmented reality. You’ll create your own projects and see your code come to life.
  • Skill Building: Build essential skills such as resilience, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication. These skills are invaluable and will help you succeed in any future endeavors.
  • Hands-On Projects: Engage in real-world problem-solving and hands-on projects that not only develop your coding skills but also foster creativity, teamwork, and a sense of social responsibility.
  • Mentorship and Networking: Connect with college students and industry experts who will mentor you throughout the course. You’ll also could visit leading organizations and universities, building connections and learning about resources for your future career.
  • Community Impact: Discover how coding and STEM can drive positive change in your community.

Stipend: We provide a $500 stipend to each participant upon completion of the “Coding for Change” course. Free bus passes will be available as needed. Free breakfast will be provided to participants.

Technology Requirements: All necessary technology, including computers, will be provided during the course.

Course Dates: June 24 to July 26, 2024, Monday-Friday, from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM.

Location: The course will be held in-person at the Urban League Twin Cities: Glover Sudduth Center 2100 Plymouth Avenue N. Minneapolis MN 55411
Application Process: Up to 20 seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis for students who meet the eligibility criteria. Applications are available on the Urban League website, www.ultcmn.org under the Education tab. The last date for applying is June 18.

Contact Person: For questions and registration, please contact John Stephens at jstephens@ultcmn.org or 612-302-3114

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