Engaging Youth Through Coding
Who we are
Code Youth is a non-profit organization based in Ottawa whose mission is to empower and support youth in accessing jobs within technology.
Who We Help
Code Youth serves young adults aged 17-24 who are either early leavers of high school or are facing difficulties in school.
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.
In 2017, an Information and Communications Technology Council report revealed that 182,000 technology jobs will be available in Canada over the next five years. As 76,300 of these jobs will be available in Ontario alone, Code Youth aims to prepare youth to fill these positions.
How We Help
Code Youth will offer a free 8-10 week on-site training program designed to give students both the technical and soft-skills necessary to succeed in the IT sector. To ensure that our students 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 curriculum offers students the following:
Code Youth offers youth facing employment barriers today with the following:
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