Y Combinator Nonprofit, CodeNow, Expands Program to Miami

April 29, 2014

1:37 pm

CodeNow, a nonprofit aimed at teaching minority and female high school students coding skills, is bringing its program to Miami. They announced today that they are accepting applications until May 30 for a pilot program for Miami-area high school students, where students from minority backgrounds will receive more than 25 hours of programming. They received $100,000 in funding from the Knight Foundation to bring the educational program. 

“Educational programs focused on broadening and diversifying our base of entrepreneurs in Miami is one piece of that effort. With that in mind, we started talking with CodeNow about coming to Miami,” said Matt Haggman, Knight Foundation program director for Miami, in a recent interview to Fast Company.

Students are taught through hands-on projects and practice programming techniques. The nonprofit said 35 percent of graduating seniors who have completed the program have gone on to study computer science in college since 2011.

 

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Camila has been heavily active in South Florida’s tech startup community, where she is a co-host of a local radio show called pFunkcast. Camila previously worked at Greenpeace International and the Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in various communication roles. A proud Brazilian who spent most of he life in Peru, she is passionate about traveling and documentaries.

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