Ottawa K2A 3J2              codeyouthcanada@gmail.com
886 Hare Avenue            www.code-youth.ca
Canada                              613-263-636

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              Code Youth Prepares for Partnerships
Helping youth help themselves

 (Ottawa May 1, 2018) Code Youth has received funding from Employment and Social Development Canada Summer Jobs project to reach out for
partnerships with the Ottawa IT community, and to inform and develop relationships with various government departments on the federal and provincial levels for support for this important project. The Code Youth website will also be updated under this project.

The Code Youth team of Ana Baquero, Hadi Tehfe, and Karina Dmitrieva will be doing outreach to the corporate IT sector in Ottawa to inform the community of this unique and important project. They will be contracting government departments with an interest or mandate of youth to talk about potential support for coding training for young people and the website is being updated to encourage youth to register for the Youth Cohort and bring a social media presence to communicate the project.

Code Youth was established in early 2017 by a group of volunteers to find employment solutions for youth at risk, particularly high school drop-outs, those at risk of dropping out due to financial and family problems, and youth involved with child-and-youth serving agencies such as the Children’s Aid Society and Youth Services Bureau.

Canada’s Expert Panel on Youth Employment’s report in May 2017 said “Youth with less education, particularly struggle. In 2015, youth (15–29) with less than a high school diploma had an employment rate of 53.9%, significantly lower than youth who completed postsecondary education (86.2%).
 Code Youth explored potential for training young people 17-24 to code and to support them in job finding in technology companies, particularly youth at risk. Code Youth in 2017 undertook an environmental scan for availability of training, a survey of IT companies in Ottawa for need for entry-level coders, a cost assessment for setting up training, and supports available for these young people when looking for employment.
Very few low or no-cost educational resources exist for at-risk youth, the unemployment level among the 17-24 age group is high, particularly for those who have not completed high school. Code Youth wants to not only provide accessibility to entry-level coding training but to develop a curriculum which will be adapted to this particular demographic.

Code Youth wants to help youth prepare for jobs with a future.

You can be part of the solution. Join us. Support us.  Resource us.

For information contact: Mona Forrest 613-263-6363, codeyouthcanada@gmail.com

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Ottawa K2A 3J2              codeyouthcanada@gmail.com
886 Hare Avenue            www.code-youth.ca
Canada                              613-263-636

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Help Possible for Youth Dropouts Futures
Helping youth help themselves

(Ottawa August 1, 2017) Code Youth was established in early 2017 to find employment solutions for youth at risk, particularly high school drop-outs, those at risk of dropping out due to financial and family problems, or struggles with mental health.

Code Youth in Summer 2017 undertook an environmental scan and feasibility study for a pilot project to establish coding training.

The environmental scan examined availability of entry-level coding training, undertook a survey of IT companies in Ottawa for need for entry-level coders, did a cost assessment for setting up training, and researched supports available for these young people when looking for employment. The Code Youth project scanned multiple sources to benchmark best practices in curriculum and learning of IT code.

Code Youth found that very little exists in terms of cost-free training, high schools have not the hardware and software necessary and very little IT training is actually in the provincial high school curriculum; and no other resource exists especially for young people who leave high school without graduating. What does exist are some basic on-line courses, expensive after-school tutoring courses, costly private colleges requiring  taking multiple options, and high priced coding summer camps, mainly in the United States.

Through the feasibility study carried out in June and July, Code Youth looked at developing a specialized no-fee classroom-based learning resource to provide career opportunities in technology for high school dropouts, underserved youth, youth at risk, newcomers, and with special attention for girls, through classroom training in coding. The Code Youth project scanned multiple sources to benchmark best practices in curriculum and learning of IT code.The study found IT companies in Ottawa were very open to considering youth who had completed the curriculum we proposed , regardless of formal education level.
The feasibility study found the budget/cost assessment per youth course was consistent with the cost of keeping a young person on social benefits for a year, and ongoing savings benefits would accrue to the social assistance system.
For information contact Mona Forrest: 613-263-6363,codeyouthcanada@gmail.com

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Ottawa K2A 3J2              codeyouthcanada@gmail.com
886 Hare Avenue            www.code-youth.ca
Canada                             613-263-636

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Code Youth Study Set To Go
Helping youth help themselves

(Ottawa May 29, 2017) With the support of the Minister of Employment and Social Development, under the Canada Summer Jobs Program, Code Youth will be able to undertake an environmental scan and feasibility study to explore a coding school for vulnerable youth.

Code Youth was established in early 2017 to find employment solutions for youth at risk, particularly high school drop-outs, those at risk of dropping out due to financial and family problems, or struggles with mental health.

The feasibility study and environmental scan will  support  the Youth Code  project to develop on-site training for young people aged 15-24 who have dropped out of high school,  or who are at risk of dropping out from grades 10 to 12, to learn IT code, and to support them in job finding in technology companies. This age group includes an under represented group who are failing to complete their credits and those who have left school but are not employed.

The project members (a Business student and a Masters in Counselling Education student) will meet with a wide range of organizations including employers, youth-serving agencies, educators, students, training organizations and community groups. The team will review curriculum best practices for IT entry level coding training and examine successful training programs for youth at risk in Canada and elsewhere.

Youth unemployment is presently 12 percent in Canada and that figure is thought to be higher due to under reporting of youth who have discontinued their job search.
The team making up the Board of Directors of Code Youth includes a senior director of non-profits, who is especially experienced with start-ups, an accounting specialist, and an IT company executive.
The community members who are the founding incorporators of Code Youth include Mona Forrest who has founded or co-founded several other successful groups, most recently the Canadian Cancer Survivor Network; Travis Neumann, Manager, Finance and Administration at Oxfam Canada and former Public Sector Accountant at Deloitte; and Alex Katayama, Technical Project Manager at EnvisionUP, where he “deals with professional headaches of a technical nature”.
For information contact Mona Forrest: 613-263-6363,codeyouthcanada@gmail.com

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