Code Youth Canada was founded and incorporated as a not-profit organization July 6, 2017 by Mona Forrest. As a long-time foster mother, Mona frequently witnesses the distress and financial instability of today’s youth. Her experience moved her to create Code Youth.
Code Youth engaged with the community, summer project members, volunteers, youth-serving organizations and technology companies to develop a strong social media presence, form relationships to support Ottawa’s youth, and conduct multiple studies to better understand the challenges that today’s youth face. Every member of Code Youth’s team is passionate about supporting youth in overcoming barriers to employment.
According to a 2019 Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) report, under a moderate growth scenario the demand for digitally-skilled talent in Canada will be more than 305,000 by 2023. The most in-demand digital roles include software developers.
Code Youth aims to prepare youth to fill these positions.
Code Youth serves young adults ages 17 to 29 who are early leavers of high school or are facing barriers to education or employment.
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.
Code Youth’s mission is to support at-risk and underserved youth between the ages of 17-29 in finding employment solutions, especially youth who have dropped out of high school. We provide entry level coding training and the tools necessary to find meaningful entry level employment in the IT sector.