Black Boys Code is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to introducing young boys of colour in their critical development years (ages 8 to 17) to computer science through exposure workshops, hackathons, after school programs and summer tech camps.
Our programs are aimed at boys of a young age to build capacity and skills in the field of computer technology. We utilize mentorship, industry exposure, and intensive training in the field of computer science to help the boys understand they have the ability to become technological innovators and creators of their own futures.
The current racial divide in the computer science field calls for practical steps to close this gap and raise the percentage of Black students participating in tech.
Simply put, far too many brilliant young men of colour aren’t choosing a career in technology, because they don’t see a place for themselves in the sector.
Here’s the good news, Black Boys Code (BBC) is working to change the mindset of young black men by creating a program of inclusiveness and on-going support that will help to close the diversity gap in the new economy. With encouragement, education and empowerment, we are inspiring young men of colour to dive head first into technology.
At Black Boys Code (BBC), we aren’t just teaching kids to code – We are teaching critical problem solving and planning skills in an environment that fosters communication and collaboration. These are foundational skills that will ensure these young boys of colour not only see themselves as participants, but as future leaders in tomorrow’s economy.
By participating in BBC’s workshops these young men will develop lasting friendships and the beginnings of a professional network that they will carry with them throughout their lives and on their own personal success path. They are meeting their future start-up co-founders, business partners and engineers who will help bring their vision and ideas and to life!