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.

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 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.

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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

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:

  • 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

Our Outcomes

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.

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