The Kapor Center for Social Impact recently hosted the 2nd annual Brothers Code, providing over 200 middle and high school students a chance to learn about computer coding at Laney College’s Technology Center, followed by a one-hour career panel conversation.
“The Kapors have built numerous programs to facilitate youth in tech,” said Cedric Brown, managing partner of the Kapor Center for Social Impact. “Exposure to tech in this day and time is priceless.”
Volunteers from Google, Facebook and other major tech companies gave students one-on-one guidance during the coding session.
The event, held Dec. 13 at Laney College in Oakland, was led by Justin Davis, of the Kapor Center. Davis also leads College Bound Brotherhood and collaborates with other partnering programs for Brothers Code including OUSD African American Male Achievement Initiative, Level Playing Field Institute and Hidden Genius Project.
“Technology is everywhere today, but only a tiny fraction of students are learning how to create technology and with Brothers Code, we try to change that,” said Davis.
Brothers Code is part of the larger Hour of Code campaign designed to provide too youth with the basics of coding education during National Computer Science Education Week, which has a goal of exposing 2 million students nationwide to an hour of coding activities.
Participants at the Laney event met African American men who are tech professionals and venture capitalists and learned about career opportunities in technical fields.
“With the right tools and opportunities our youth have a limitless future,” said Freada Kapor, co-founder of the Kapor Center for Social Impact and founder of The Level Playing Field Institute.