Code youth is committed to help youth at risk by giving them a second chance in education, improving their quality of life and building better futures.

Who is ‘at-risk youth?’

Youth at risk are the young people between ages 17 to 24 who have dropped out or at risk of dropping out of high school.

Our Values

Equality Statement:

At Code Youth we strive to maintain an  inclusive working and learning environment. Code Youth welcomes people from different communities and provides an equal opportunity for everyone.

Transparency, welcome, openness

Code Youth has a core value of being an open and welcoming organization to all, to treat everyone with dignitary, to value diversity, and to be transparency in our goals and operations to the best interest of the staff and learners.

Create and drive change

Code Youth wants to inspire and cultivate in youth a creativity to build new things, and the confidence that everyone can drive change in their own life and work.

Best practices in teaching and learning

Code Youth is committed to a constant learning cycle where input from teachers, learners, non-teaching staff, and funders impacts the continuous review and implementation of the very best practices in teaching and learning to support students. Code Youth wants to create possibilities for youth in growth and learning.

Good stewardship

Code Youth is a careful and responsible manager of the natural, built and human resources entrusted to our care. Our stewardship extends to all the gifts we have been given, including the donations we receive, our reputation and the good will of our community.


Our Vision

Why Do we care?

High School drop outs do not have many opportunities to climb out of low paying jobs. Code Youth wants to make the difference in their life.

How are we going make a difference?

Code Youth aims to provide at high school dropouts and at-risk youth with the training and knowledge in computer programming necessary to qualify for entry-level positions in the Ottawa IT sector.  

Code Youth will hire a curriculum expert to plan a curriculum based on best practices and the challenges faced by the target group, to research what Ontario curriculum exists, what IT employers in the Ottawa area are looking for, and how best to present material to the specific target population, then to develop specialized content and delivery methods to be most effective to help young people develop skills. 

Our Path

Code Youth begun with a feasibility study and environmental scan in 2017, to investigate filling the gap in availability of free IT coding training for at risk and vulnerable young people.  

The study included an environmental scan to determine the actual availability of free IT code training for youth in Ottawa, a SWOT analysis, a survey of IT company hiring needs and tendencies, budget for a pilot project, and examined best practices for curriculum development for this challenging demographic. 

The Code Youth feasibility study found few resources for youth in IT, in or out of the high school classroom, and none that target underserved/at risk youth.  

The feasibility study found that currently, in Ontario, unemployed youth receive approximately $10,000 each year in social assistance. The Code Youth budget of an investment of $13,000 per youth will result in a lifelong opportunity, a career, with a salary of $40,000 to $90,000 each year in self-support and will help to fill the gap in trained people available to IT companies.