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[liberationtech] #YesWeCode Initiative - & Prince
jc at coyotecommunications.com
Fri Apr 22 17:02:49 PDT 2016
#YesWeCode (http://www.yeswecode.org) is an initiative that seeks to
mobilize tech and social justice leaders to connect 100,000
low-opportunity young adults to the skills and experiences they need to
access high-paying careers in technology. CNN commentator Van Jones
founded the #YesWeCode initiative with the support of Prince, who passed
Jones elaborated on Prince's involvement at the 20th Anniversary Essence
"After the Trayvon Martin verdict I was talking to Prince and he said,
'You know, every time people see a young black man wearing a hoodie,
they think, he's a thug. But if they see a young white guy wearing a
hoodie they think, oh that might be Mark Zuckerberg. That might be a
"I said, 'Well, yeah, Prince that's true but that's because of racism.'
And he said, 'No, it's because we have not produced enough black Mark
Zuckerbergs. That's on us. That's on us. To deal with what we're not
doing to get our young people prepared to be a part of this new
Since July 2014, YesWeCode has been focused on three activities:
Communicate: In partnership with Oakland, Calfornia-based organizations,
#YesWeCode launched an interactive website with a powerful search tool
that enables users to find local coding education resources. This tool
also helps users find local events and learn more about coding
Convene: #YesWeCode has convened 100+ coding practitioners and
stakeholders in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and New Orleans.
#YesWeCode partnered with Qeyno Labs to host a Start-Up Weekend
hackathon in February 2015, focused on uplifting young African-American
men and boys.
Catalyze: In July, #YesWeCode launched at the 20th Anniversary ESSENCE
Festival with a youth-focused hackathon and a headline performance by
Prince, before a festival audience of 500,000 people.
Just seemed appropriate to post this.
Ms. Jayne Cravens MSc
Portland, Oregon, USA
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