Engaging Youth Through Coding Programs



In March and April 2020, NEET (not in employment, education or training) rates of young Canadians dramatically increased to extremely high levels. See the chart below for a visual representation of increase rates by percentage.

The Need

An environmental scan of resources for youth in 2017 revealed that Canadian online courses are not easily available, free or adapted to high school leavers. In fact, coding programs can be both lengthy and expensive.

As a result, young adults today do not have access to the training or resources needed to climb out of low-paying, part-time jobs in the food service and retail industries.

Fast Food $14/hr
Retail $14/hr
Junior Programmer $20/hr

The Opportunity

In 2019, an Information and Communications Technology Council report revealed that under a moderate growth scenario, the demand for digitally-skilled talent in Canada will reach more than 305,000 by 2023.

Code Youth aims to prepare youth to fill these positions. 

In Ontario

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Income of Early High School Leaver
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Income of Jr. Coder
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Open IT Jobs by 2020

Who We Help

Code Youth serves young adults aged 17-24 who are either early leavers of high school, are facing difficulties in school.

Steps for success

Code Youth is planning to offer a free 8-10 week on-site/online training youth coding program designed to give participants both the technical and soft-skills necessary to succeed in the IT sector. To ensure that our participants are engaged in both technical and experiential learning, Code Youth is collaborating with Ottawa IT firms, many of whom have volunteered to teach workshops. Our program offers students the following:

  • Individualized training with a focus on the technical skills required by recruiters today
  • Hands-on coding experience during instruction
  • Guidance in developing personal side-projects and building a programming portfolio
  • Additional assistance in literacy and mathematics as required
  • Opportunities to network with recruiters and industry professionals
  • Workshops taught by industry professionals.
  • Additional accommodations as required (ex: travel, breakfast etc.), software to accommodate learning disorders

Where you can go

Code Youth offers youth facing employment barriers today with the following:

  • A better quality of life.
  • Increased financial security.
  • An opportunity to find meaningful employment.
  • The chance to realize their potential as both learners and workers.

Want to know more about our program?